Red Yeast Rice Benefits & Dosage [Can It REALLY Lower Cholesterol?]

Red Yeast Rice Benefits & Dosage [Can It REALLY Lower Cholesterol?]

🦶We review the benefits of red yeast rice for cholesterol. This is a popular supplement, but watch our for red yeast rice side effects!🦶

Red yeast rice is a dietary supplement that is derived from a type of yeast that grows on rice. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and has gained popularity as a natural alternative to cholesterol-lowering medications.

Red yeast rice contains compounds known as monacolins, including monacolin K, which is chemically identical to the active ingredient in the cholesterol-lowering medication lovastatin. Monacolins are believed to help lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the liver.

The optimal dosage of red yeast rice for heart benefits is not well established, as studies have used a wide range of doses. However, many studies have used doses of 1200-2400 mg of red yeast rice per day, which has been shown to be effective in reducing cholesterol levels.

Several studies have suggested that red yeast rice may have heart benefits, particularly in lowering cholesterol levels. For example, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that red yeast rice was effective in lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in individuals with high cholesterol levels. Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology found that red yeast rice was effective in reducing total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides in individuals with high cholesterol levels.

It is important to note that while red yeast rice may have heart benefits, it can also have potential side effects, particularly if taken in high doses. Red yeast rice may cause muscle pain, liver damage, and other side effects, particularly if taken in combination with certain medications. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking red yeast rice or any other dietary supplement.

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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.