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How will red rice yeast effect my blood pressure

By Anonymous July 19, 2017 - 8:18am
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Hello Anonymous,

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In Chinese medicine, red yeast rice is used to lower cholesterol, improve blood circulation, and improve digestion.

Red yeast rice contains chemicals that are similar to prescription statin medications. One of these, called monacolin K, has the same makeup as the drug lovastatin (Mevacor). Doctors prescribe statins to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels and help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Citing the Mayo Clinic website, red yeast rice to lower high blood pressure "have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven."


July 19, 2017 - 9:27am
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