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8/14/2018

Red Yeast Rice and Diet

Can taking red yeast rice lower cholesterol levels on top of reductions achieved by switching to a Mediterranean diet? See what a new study showed in the What It Does section of the Red Yeast Rice Review.

Also, be aware that red yeast rice may aggravate symptoms of a neurological disorder, as described in a recent case report noted in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Red Yeast Rice Review.
2/08/2020

Red Yeast Rice and Diabetes?

The use of statin drugs, like lovastatin (Mevacor) is associated with an increase in the risk of developing diabetes. But does red yeast rice carry the same risk? See what a large study found in the Concerns and Cautions section of the Red Yeast Rice Review. Also see our Top Pick for red yeast rice.
2/24/2013

Red Yeast Rice Supplements Unchecked

University researchers recently asked the FDA whether it was testing or keeping track of red yeast rice supplements -- which can lower cholesterol levels. The answer was no. However, the researcher noted, ConsumerLab.com periodically tests these products, checking for levels of active compounds as well as a potential toxin which can occur in red yeast rice. Get more details and results of our product tests in the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>
1/17/2017

Red Yeast Rice Concerns

A review of adverse events associated with the use of red yeast rice products in Italy led researchers to suggest monitoring for signs of muscle and liver injury when using red yeast rice. For more details, see the "Cautions and Concerns" section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review (which includes our tests of products) >>
10/26/2018

Extra Help From Red Yeast Rice?

Can red yeast rice lower cholesterol levels in people already taking the non-statin medications evolocumab and ezetimibe? Find out in our update to the What It Does section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review. (Also see our Top Pick for red yeast rice.)
5/26/2017

Red Yeast Rice Better Than Statin?

Red yeast rice lowered cholesterol as well as a statin drug but with a lower rate of muscular side-effects, according to a new study. Other studies have shown similar results. But is red yeast rice right for you? There are pros and cons. See the "What It Does" section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review for more details. Also see "What CL Found" when popular brands of this supplement were tested.
3/26/2019

Red Yeast Rice & Liver Injury

Hepatitis was recently reported in a woman in the U.S. who was taking a red yeast rice supplement. Other cases have been reported. For details, see the Concerns and Cautions section of the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review. Also see our Top Pick among products.
5/27/2013

Red Yeast Rice with Sterols?

It is well known that taking a red yeast rice supplement can cause large reductions in LDL "bad" cholesterol and that sterol or stanol esters can lead to modest reductions. But does combining them result in greater benefits than using either alone? A new study says no. It's unclear, however, whether this is always the case. Get details in the updated Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>. Also see the updated, Cholesterol Lowering Supplements Review >>
6/24/2017

Red Yeast Rice Variability

While red yeast rice can significantly reduce high levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, a recently published analysis of 28 brands re-emphasized the fact that amounts of active, cholesterol-lowering compounds can range from none to potent levels, yet this information is not found on labels. Read about the recent study and find out which products ConsumerLab has identified as the least and most potent in the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>
9/27/2017

Lowering Cholesterol with Red Yeast Rice and Phytosterols

Red yeast rice and phytosterols help lower cholesterol through different mechanisms. Does combining them help more? See what two studies found in the ConsumerTips section of the Cholesterol-Lowerers Review >>

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