Red yeast rice is an alternative to more risky statin drugs that may help to lower LDL cholesterol and trigylcerides without as many side effects as statins. It has chemical compounds similar to statins, but at much lower levels and has been part of the Chinese diet for thousands of years. As such, has a much longer track record than high-dosage statins. Usually packaged in 600mg capsules, the suggested dosages generally vary from two 600mg to four 600mg capsules per day.Studies done in the US and China also show some evidence it may help to increase beneficial HDL cholesterol.
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Some doctors and patients are suggesting that you first try red yeast rice to lower LDL cholesterol and once you know what that will do, then add a low dosage of a statin drug to improve the result further. This helps keep the statin dosage lower which helps avoid side effects. Further, some research has found that the compounds in red yeast rice work differently than statins and have an additive effect.
Not Recommended for Those With Liver Disease
To be cautious, you should have liver panel tests performed periodically to ensure that it does not adversely affect your liver function. To further reduce the risk of lowered liver function, you may also consider adding supplements beneficial for the liver such as milk thistle containing silymarin.
Don’t Consume Grapefruit While Using Red Yeast Rice or Statins
If you are taking either of these supplements, you should avoid consuming grapefruit and grapefruit juice products as they can interfere with liver metabolism.