Red Yeast Rice
Red Yeast RiceExploring the Health benefits of Red Yeast Rice
Frequently Asked Questions
Red yeast rice is obtained by growing red yeast on cooked white rice kernels. The fermented rice appears reddish-purple due to yeast’s pigmentation capability.
Red Yeast Rice has the following health benefits:
- Improves the heart health
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces cancer risk
- Decreases metabolic syndrome risk
Most people can tolerate Red Yeast Rice when taken by mouth for up to four and a half years. However, some people might experience the following side effects:
- Stomach gas
- Abdominal pain
Legal position: Red Yeast Rice has monacolin K as the active ingredient, similar to cholesterol-lowering medication. So FDA considered it a drug and has implemented strict regulations compared to other supplements.
FDA warnings: While using Red Yeast Rice, people might have severe side effects of statin medication, such as painful muscle and kidney problems.
Pregnancy & Lactation: Research is still awaited on the long-term safe use of Red Yeast Rice.
Controversies of Red Yeast Rice: Red Yeast Rice is still sold legally in the United States as a dietary supplement, provided the manufacturers take steps to remove the monacolin K from the products.
- People on cholesterol-lowering medication
- One with HIV infection
- People with a mood disorder
- Those who have heart problems
- People with liver problem
- One with kidney problems
- If having thyroid problems
- People with cancer