Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Red Yeast Rice Helps Reduce Cholesterol – ABC News

A new study suggests that red yeast rice, an over-the-counter dietary supplement sold at pharmacies and health-food stores, may provide a treatment alternative to patients who cannot tolerate therapeutic statin doses.

Red yeast rice is produced when yeast is grown on rice. The rice is first soaked in water until the grains are fully saturated. It has been used in China for more than a millennium as food and medicine.

According to experts, the centuries-old natural product reduces the amount of cholesterol that the liver makes, but in a much gentler level. Some patients who need cholesterol-lowering treatments cannot take statins because of muscle pain, elevated liver enzymes, gastrointestinal symptoms and other sever side effects.

Read Red Yeast Rice Helps Reduce Cholesterol – ABC News.

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