Facebook Pixel

Does anyone know about the effects of Red Rice Yeast for Cholesterol?

By March 15, 2012 - 10:29am
Rate This

My cholesterol numbers are high. I don't want to be on statins. I have made life changes in diet and exercise. My doctor told me that Red Rice Yeast will lower my cholesterol. When Googled articles about it, most say that it has the same effect as statins on the liver.
Has anyone have experience with this?
Donna Merrill

Add a Comment2 Comments

Thanks Daisy, I wouldn't take an isolated supplement unless I ran it by my doctor. You have certainly given me a clearer knowledge about what RRY is. My primary doctor suggested it. I purchased it, but was hesitant to take it. My cardiologist said it was ok, but didn't know about it. So there it sits on my counter, unopened. Your advice helped me a lot
I am grateful

March 16, 2012 - 9:05am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Donna Merrill,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  According to Research, Red yeast rice is rice that has been fermented by the red yeast, Monascus purpureus. It has been used by the Chinese for many centuries as a food preservative, food colorant (it is responsible for the red color of Peking duck), spice, and an ingredient in rice wine. Red yeast rice continues to be a dietary staple in China, Japan, and Asian communities in the United States.  However, in the United States it is no longer legal to sell supplements of red yeast rice that contain more than trace amounts of cholesterol lowering substances.  Statin drugs are associated with muscle and kidney injury when used alone or combined with other medications.  You should talk to your doctor on other options to be used, in reducing your cholesterol.

Here is a link that might be helpful





March 16, 2012 - 3:26am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.

High Cholesterol

Get Email Updates

Related Checklists

High Cholesterol Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!