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  Red Rice Cholesterol Statin Substitute


Red Rice Extract is an herbal equivalent of statin drugs to save money and lower your LDL cholesterol and raise your 'good' HDL cholesterol.

Red yeast rice has been used in China for over 1,000 years for medicinal purposes. Red yeast rice was listed in an ancient Chinese text on drugs as useful for improving blood circulation and for alleviating diarrhea and indigestion.

Recently, red yeast rice has been developed by American and Chinese researchers as a product to lower blood lipids, including triglycerides and cholesterol.

Red Rice Yeast, native to China, is a fermentation by-product of cooked non-glutinous rice on which red yeast has been grown.

Researchers have determined that one of the ingredients in red yeast rice, called monacolin K, inhibits the production of cholesterol by stopping the action of a key enzyme in the liver (e.g., HMG-CoA reductase) that is responsible for manufacturing cholesterol. Lovastatin (Mevacor®) acts in a similar fashion to this red yeast rice ingredient. However, the amount per volume of monacolin K in red yeast rice is small (0.2% per 5 mg) when compared to the 20–40 mg of lovastatin available as a prescription drug. This has prompted researchers to suggest that red yeast rice may have other ingredients, such as sterols, that may also contribute to lowering cholesterol.

Red yeast rice is generally well tolerated with possible temporary mild side effects such as heartburn, gas, and dizziness. This product should not to be used by individuals with liver disorders and its safety during pregnancy has not been established. As in the case of medications that inhibit HMG-CoA, it is advisable that persons using red yeast rice products also supplement 30–60 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily.

Red yeast fermented on rice has been used for more than 2,000 years as a traditional Chinese health food. In May of 1998, the FDA attempted to ban red yeast rice for sale in the U.S. The FDA claimed that this extract was the same as Lovastatin, the active ingredient found in the prescription drug Mevacor to lower cholesterol.

A Federal District Court in February of 1999, ruled that Red Rice Extract (Monascus purpureus) is legal as a dietary supplement, rather than a drug as the FDA claimed. The Cholestin case is a victory for alternative medicine in America.

Over 20 clinical trials have demonstrated that Red Rice Extract promotes healthy cholesterol balance. A study at UCLA showed that after 8 weeks, it lowered cholesterol an average of 17 percent. Another study, conducted in China, showed that high cholesterol levels dropped by 19 percent. See the Dangers of Trans Fatty Acids. If you are worried about your high cholesterol, order some Red Rice Extract today.

Currently, approximately 25 million patients worldwide are receiving statins (13 million in the United States). The problem is that statins cost $2 to $3 per day in most markets, an amount that is straining the budgets of insurance companies and of countries that have national healthcare systems, not to mention people without a prescription drug benefit.

Lipitor, for example, is the most popular drug ever sold ever in the history of the world. Lipitor does more than $9 billion in sales per year (that's more than one million dollars per hour, every hour of every day, 365 days per year).


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Supporting Research

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Havel R. Dietary supplement or drug? The case of cholestin. Am J Clin Nut.r 1999;69(2):175-176.

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Li C, Zhu Y, Wang Y, Zhu J, Chang J, Kritchevsky D. Monascus Purpureus-Fermented Rice (Red Yeast Rice): A natural food product that lowers blood cholesterol In animal models of hypercholesterolemia. Nutrition Research. 1998;18(1):71-81.

Ma J, Li Y, Ye Q, Li J, Hua Y, Ju D, et al. Constituents of red yeast rice, a traditional Chinese food and medicine. J Agric Food Chem. 2000;48:5220-5225.

Pharmanex. Cholestin Healthcare Professional Product Guide. Updated 6/2000.

Qin S, Zhang W, Qi P, Zhao M, Dong Z, Li Y , et al. Elderly patients with primary hyperlipidemia benefited from treatment with a Monacus purpureus rice preparation: A placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial. American Heart Association. 39th Annual conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, Orlando, Fl. March 1999. [Abstract]

Wang J, Lu Z, Chi J, Wang W, Su M, Kou W, et al. Multicenter clinical trial of serum lipid-lowering effects of a Monascus purpureus (red yeast) rice preparation from traditional Chinese medicine. Curr Ther Res. 1997;58(12):964-978.

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