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Benefits/risks of red yeast?

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Dr. Kenneth Adler
Family Medicine 41 years experience
Lowers cholesterol: Red yeast rice is natural "statin" that lowers cholesterol. It can be an effective treatment for those with mildly elevated cholesterol. Typically higher levels of cholesterol will require a prescription drug to achieve optimal control. Of course diet is very important in all cases. A low fat diet is key to lowering cholesterol.
Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 28 years experience
Similar to statins: Red yeast rice has an active ingredient that is similar to a very low dose statin so the side effects can be similar of muscle pains, liver problems as well as GI discomfort. The fda banned red yeast rice from having a statin so its not as effective as the canadian red yeast rice. I recommend always using co q 10 when doing this as well as a statin to minimize side effects.
Last updated Sep 17, 2015

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