Red yeast rice, or monascus purpureus, is yeast grown on rice. It has been used as a dietary staple in many Asian countries and it is currently used as a nutritional supplement taken to manage cholesterollevels. Used in China for over a thousand years, red yeast rice has now found its way to American consumers looking for alternatives to statin therapy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, red yeast rice was used to improve blood circulation and to aid in digestion. It has now been found to lower blood lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides. Recorded use of red yeast rice goes back as far as the Chinese Tang Dynasty in 800 A.D.
Red yeast rice health benefits are found in its compounds known as monacolins, known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. One of these compounds, monocolin K, is known to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that triggers cholesterol production.
Because of these naturally occurring statins, red yeast rice is sold as an over the counter cholesterol control supplement. Human studies, which began in the 1970’s, have confirmed the benefits of red yeast rice in lowering cholesterol.
A study at the UCLA School of Medicine of 83 people with high cholesterol showed a significant reduction in their total cholesterol, LDL and triglyceride levels after twelve weeks. Study participants were given 2.4 grams of red yeast rice daily and ate a diet with no more than 30% fat intake.
Functions of Red Yeast Rice:
(1). lowering blood pressure and total cholesterol;
(2). improving blood circulation and benefiting stomach;
(3). reducing the occurring of Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Wildly applied in healthy food industry;
2. Applied in the Pharmaceutical Fields;
3. Applied in the beverage industry;
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