The first recorded use of red yeast rice appears in China during the Tang Dynasty, when the nutrient was taken to help maintain proper circulation, improve digestion, increase energy in the body, and support spleen and stomach health.
Statins are the most commonly prescribed drugs to lower cholesterol. In a recent Mayo Clinic study, participants received either 40 milligrams (mg) of Zocor (simvastatin) daily or a lifestyle medication regime that included diet and exercise counseling, fish oil and red yeast rice. LDL cholesterol fell in both groups, but even more in the red yeast rice group (42.4% decrease) vs. 39.6% in the group that received statins.1
Supplementation with red yeast rice can also help maintain proper digestive function and support cardiac health.2,3
Red yeast rice is produced by fermenting the yeast strain Monascus purpureas on rice. In some Asian countries, this rice is eaten as a dietary staple or used as a food coloring, as well as in herbal medicines. The fermented yeast contains monacolins, which are natural compounds involved in lipid synthesis.
Do not exceed recommended dose. Pregnant or nursing mothers, children under 18, and individuals with a known medical condition should consult a physician before using this or any dietary supplement.
This product is manufactured and packaged in a facility which may also process milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, sh and crustacean shellfish.
Our product yields 900 mg red yeast rice per vegetarian capsule.
Ray & Terry’s Red Yeast Rice contains 120 veggie caps per bottle.
Take two veggie capsules daily with food or as directed by your physician.
- Becker D, Goordon R et al. Simvastatin vs Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes and Supplements: Randomized Primary Prevention Trial. Mayo Clin Proc 2008;83:758-764.
- Ong HT, Cheah JS. Chin Med J (Engl). 2008 Aug 20;121(16):1588-94. “Statin alternatives or just placebo: an objective review of omega-3, red yeast rice and garlic in cardiovascular therapeutics.”
- Zhao SP, Lu ZL, et al; China Coronary Secondary Prevention Study (CCSPS). J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2007 Feb;49(2):81-4. “Xuezhikang, an extract of cholestin, reduces cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes patients with coronary heart disease: subgroup analysis of patients with type 2 diabetes from China coronary secondary prevention study (CCSPS).”
- Becker D, et al., “Red Yeast Rice for Dyslipidemia in Statin-Intolerant Patients. A Randomized Trial.” Ann of Int Med. 2009;150;830-839.