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Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review

Initial Posting: 8/15/14  Last Update: 8/14/17 
Red Yeast Rice Supplements Reviewed by

Choosing the Right Red Yeast Rice Supplement

Some Red Yeast Rice Supplements Up to 500X Stronger Than Others. Lack of Potency and/or Contamination Common. 

Find Out What's in Your Red Yeast Rice Supplement. You Can't Tell From the Label.

Red yeast rice supplement brands compared in report
Doctors Best Best Red Yeast Rice NOW Red Yeast Rice Weider Red Yeast Rice Plus
HPF Cholestene Red Yeast Rice Thorne Research Choleast Whole Foods Red Yeast Rice
Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice Vitacost Red Yeast Rice  
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
Make sure the red yeast rice supplement you use provides what you need and is not contaminated!
Isn't your health worth it?

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.

Several of the red yeast rice products we purchased for this review are the same ones tested in our last review but, as we discovered, now contain as much as 88% more, or 33% less, lovastatin (a natural cholesterol-lowerer) -- suggesting they may now be more, or less, effective than before.

Red yeast rice supplements don't list their amounts of lovastatin and related monacolins, so there's no way for you to know what's really in these supplements. tested them, providing you with invaluable, head-to-head comparisons. This is a must-see report for anyone using or interested in red yeast rice. Results of an earlier report on red yeast rice by were deemed so important to the medical community that they were published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine. Our latest red yeast rice results may be even more important!

You must join to get the full test results for red yeast rice supplements along with recommendations. You will get results for eight supplements selected by

In this comprehensive report, you'll discover:
    • How much cholesterol-lowering lovastatin and related compounds are in each product 
    • Which products are most similar to those shown to work in clinical trials
    • Which red yeast rice supplements are contaminated with citrinin and which are not
    • Usage and dosage information for red yeast rice
    • Potential side effects of red yeast rice and cautions with this popular supplement 

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Learn More About Red Yeast Rice Supplements Answers -- for Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review
If I already take red yeast rice, would adding high-dose niacin help further reduce my cholesterol levels, and would this be safe? Get the answer >>

When taking a statin drug like Lipitor or Crestor, are there supplements I should avoid, or be taking? Get the answer >>

How much should I expect to pay for supplements? Are higher-priced supplements any better than low-priced brands? Get the answer >>

What is lunasin and does it really reduce cholesterol? Get the answer >>

Which supplements can help lower cholesterol and keep my heart healthy? Are there any to avoid? Get the answer >>

I have been having dizziness for the past few months and am wondering if it could be a side effect of supplements I take. Which supplements cause dizziness? Get the answer >>

Are red yeast rice supplements legally permitted to contain statins, like lovastatin, since these are drugs? Get the answer >>

For two years, I used a red yeast rice brand which's report showed to contain the highest amount of lovastatin. With just one pill per day, it kept my cholesterol lower (down to 205 from 260 before starting). I switched to a supermarket store brand because it was cheaper and my cholesterol jumped to 278 (taking 2 pills per day)! I don't think the store brand had anything in it -- is that possible? Can you test it? Get the answer >>

I started taking red yeast rice and soon after developed insomnia. Could my red yeast rice supplement be the problem? Get the answer >>

My doctor warned me that red yeast rice can cause liver damage - is that true? Get the answer >>

When is the best time of day to take red yeast rice? Get the answer >>

What are the side effects of red yeast rice? Get the answer >>
 (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.
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