Red Yeast Rice Reduces Cholesterol Just Like Statins

June 16, 2009 by

Results of a news study suggest that there maybe an alternative to statin drugs when it comes to reducing risk of heart attack
Boston (HealthKnowItAll) - Results of a news study suggest that there maybe an alternative to statin drugs when it comes to reducing risk of heart attack.

Those who have never heard of red yeast rice listen up as a new study has found a great use for the Asian food ingredient.

Red yeast rice is very popular in Asia, used in both food and medicine, and in Europe it is touted as a cholesterol lowering supplement for people who can not take statins.

Some statin drugs come with side effects including muscle weakening, thus yeast rice maybe a great alternative.

In the study researchers followed 62 people who stopped taking statins because of their unhealthy side effects.

These people all modified their diets, some took red yeast rice supplements and others a placebo.

“In the group that took red yeast rice, the average drop in cholesterol was 43 points at 12 weeks,” said Dr. Ram Y. Gordon, a cardiologist in private practice who was a member of the research group. “The drop in the placebo group was only 11 points. In the longer run, the drop was 35 versus 15 points. We think the difference narrowed because after 12 weeks we told people to keep on doing it, but maybe some stopped.”

As mentioned above, the product actually reduces levels of bad cholesterol, which in turn reduces a person’s risk of developing clogged arteries and possibly suffering a heart attack.

“It works much the way a statin would work, by reducing the amount of cholesterol that the liver makes, but in a much gentler level,” said Dr. Christopher Cannon a cardiologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The study can be found in the June 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine, and was performed by physicians in Pennsylvania.

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