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Red Yeast Rice: Natural Cholesterol Support

Red Yeast Rice - A Natural Medicine

  • Overview
    • Red yeast rice has been used as both a food and a natural medicine.
    • It can be used to help support cholesterol lowering, improved blood circulation
    • It may also support digestive health and function
    • Red yeast rice contains ingredients and chemicals that have properties similar to statins but without the harsh side effects
  • Benefits
    • Can help support lowering of LDL cholesterol
    • Improved blood circulation
    • Studies have shown that red yeast rice may reduce LDL levels by 22% and total cholesterol by 16% in 12 weeks
  • Side Effects
    • Red Yeast rice tends to have pretty mild side effects such as headaches, heartburn and upset stomach
    • Red yeast rice can also deplete the body of Coenzyme Q10, more commonly known as CoQ10


  • Overview
    • CoQ10 is an enzyme that helps the body maintain heart health and muscle function
    • It's an important enzyme for energy production and heart health within the body
  • Signs of Deficiency
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle aches and pains
    • Muscle damage
    • Heart failure (at extreme levels)
  • Benefits
    • Heart health and function
    • Helps enzymes that create ATP; essential for energy throughout the cells and the body


Quick Facts

  • Red yeast rice is a byproduct of rice with chemical compounds known as monacolins
  • Some modern cholesterol-reducing prescription drugs contain monacolins
  • Red yeast rice is also known by the Chinese names Zhi Tai or Hong Qu
  • The monacolin K in red yeast rice restricts the production of HMG-CoA reductase, or the sticky part of cholesterol that attaches itself to the inside of blood vessels
  • Red yeast rice can deplete your body of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
  • Your body's cells use CoQ10 to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance
  • CoQ10 also functions as an antioxidant