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Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review
 

Initial Posting: 8/16/18  Last Update:10/26/18 
Red Yeast Rice Supplements Reviewed by ConsumerLab.com

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Some Red Yeast Rice Supplements Up To 15X Stronger Than Others



Red yeast rice supplement brands compared in this review
Amazing Nutrition Red Yeast Rice Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice Solaray Red Yeast Rice
HPF Cholestene Red Yeast Rice Nature's Sunshine Red Yeast Rice Thorne Research Choleast
Mason Natural Red Yeast Rice Nature's Way Red Yeast Rice Whole Foods Red Yeast Rice
Amazing Nutrition Red Yeast Rice HPF Cholestene Red Yeast Rice Mason Natural Red Yeast Rice Nature's Plus Herbal Actives Red Yeast Rice Nature's Sunshine Red Yeast Rice Nature's Way Red Yeast Rice Solaray Red Yeast Rice Thorne Research Choleast Whole Foods Red Yeast Rice
Make sure the red yeast rice supplement you use provides what you need and is not contaminated!
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Clinical studies show that red yeast rice products can dramatically lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. But our tests reveal that the concentration of cholesterol-lowering compounds in some products can be as much as 15 times that of others and, factoring in differences in suggested daily serving sizes, the amount you get per day can vary by nearly 30 times!  

In fact, we found that the suggested daily servings of only two products provided the amount of lovastatin compounds shown to lower cholesterol levels. It's questionable whether other products — which is most of them — would have a clinically significant effect. 

Four 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 81% less lovastatin (a natural cholesterol-lowerer) than versions purchased in 2014. This suggests that they may be less potent than before.

Red yeast rice supplements don't list their amounts of lovastatin, so there's no way for you to know what's really in these supplements. ConsumerLab.com 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 ConsumerLab.com 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 be a member to get the full test results for nine red yeast rice supplements along with ConsumerLab.com's recommendations.

In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
    • How much cholesterol-lowering lovastatin is 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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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 >>

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

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

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For two years, I used a red yeast rice brand which ConsumerLab.com'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 >>

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

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