What is Red Yeast Rice and where does it come from?
Red yeast rice is produced by fermenting monascus purpureus yeast over red rice. Red yeast rice is a product native to China and Asia, and has been used for over three thousand years in traditional Chinese medicine systems.
What does it do and what scientific studies support this?
Red yeast rice has been used as a food flavoring agent, but also as a traditional medicine to promote circulation and heart health.* Modern science suggests that red yeast rice may be useful for these purposes.* Research suggests that red yeast rice contains mevinolin – a chemical thought to help maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range and to promote cardiovascular health.*
Learn more about the benefits of Red Yeast Rice on Clayton South’s Health Facts.
Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
Red yeast rice is not a required nutrient and therefore no symptoms of deficiency exist.
How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Strictly follow label directions.
Red yeast rice is safe for use by health adults.
Side effects are mild and rare, but can include headache, dizziness, heartburn, gas, and stomach ache. Side-effects disappear when use is discontinued.
Persons on statin-lowering drugs (cholesterol lowering medication like atorvastatin, fluvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, cerivastatin) should not use red yeast rice.
All persons should consult a physician prior to use.