|Doctors Best Best Red Yeast Rice|
|HPF Cholestene Red Yeast Rice|
|Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice|
|NOW Red Yeast Rice|
|Thorne Research Choleast|
|Vitacost Red Yeast Rice|
|Weider Red Yeast Rice Plus|
|Whole Foods Red Yeast Rice|
Clinical studies show that red yeast rice products can dramatically lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. But our tests reveal that the amounts of cholesterol-lowering compounds in suggested daily servings can be as much as 500 times greater for one product than another, despite labels suggesting they provide the same amount of red yeast rice.
Which are the best red yeast rice supplements? We identified at least three that have the amounts and types of compounds shown to work in clinical trials. Unfortunately, we found many others that provide only small amounts of these compounds and seem unlikely to have any significant effect on cholesterol levels. What's equally concerning, we discovered a potential toxin, citrinin in a well-known brand.
(2/24/16): A CL member informed us that a certificate of analysis included with bottles of one of the products in this review is not authentic and appears to have been altered by the company. Details are found in the Update in the full Review.