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Red Yeast Rice (120 caps) (ko)
Product ID: 558
Manufacturer: Nature's Sunshine
Red Yeast Rice (120 caps) (ko)
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ABOUT RED RICE
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Overview
Red yeast rice has been used in China for centuries as both a food and as a medicinal substance. It is made by fermenting a type of yeast called Monascus purpureus over red rice. In Chinese medicine, red yeast rice is used to promote blood circulation, soothe upset stomach, and invigorate the function of the spleen, a body organ that destroys old blood cells and filters foreign substances.
In addition, this dietary supplement has been used traditionally for bruised muscles, hangovers, indigestion, and colic in infants.

Recently, it has been discovered that red yeast rice contains substances that are similar to prescription medications that lower cholesterol. There is also growing interest in evaluating red yeast rice for use as a natural food dye and/or preservative. The overlap of red yeast rice use as both a medicine and a food in traditional Chinese practice is mirrored by a modern day controversy in the United States.

Currently, red yeast rice is classified as a dietary supplement by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, given its contents and function, there are many who feel that it is actually being used as an unregulated medication.

There is ongoing debate, therefore, about whether to change the status of red yeast rice to a prescription drug-which would require much greater regulation. Therapeutic Uses Laboratory studies have shown that the Monascus purpureus inhibits the action of a body enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase, known to raise cholesterol which, in turn, increases the risk of heart disease. Because of this inhibitory action, red yeast rice's therapeutic uses include the prevention and treatment of high cholesterol.

Prevention

Taking red yeast rice can help reduce and maintain healthy cholesterol levels and promote blood circulation, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.

Treatment
The following studies suggest that red yeast rice significantly reduces high cholesterol: Recently, the UCLA School of Medicine conducted a study involving 83 people with high cholesterol levels. Those who received red yeast rice over a 12-week period experienced a significant reduction in total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") cholesterol, and triglycerides (fatty substances that can also accumulate in the blood stream and cause damage to blood vessels) compared to those who received placebo. HDL ("good") cholesterol did not change in either group during the study.

Two studies involving red yeast rice were presented at the American Heart Association's 39th Annual conference in 1999. The first study, involving 187 people with mild to moderate elevations in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol revealed that treatment with red yeast rice reduced total cholesterol by more than 16%, LDL cholesterol by 21%, and triglycerides by 24%. HDL cholesterol also increased by 14%.

In the second study, elderly participants who were given red yeast rice experienced significant reductions in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol compared to those who received placebo. Both studies treated the participants with the supplement or placebo for 8 weeks. In another 8-week trial involving 446 people with high cholesterol levels, those who received red yeast rice experienced a significant drop in cholesterol levels compared to those who received placebo.
Total cholesterol fell by 22.7%, LDL by 31%, and triglycerides by 34% in the red yeast rice group. HDL cholesterol increased by 20% in the red yeast rice group as well.

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From Nature's Sunshine
Managing Your Cholesterol

Supporting heart and cardiovascular health requires dedication to a conscientious program. This might include decreasing your saturated fat intake, exercising, increasing dietary fiber intake and using natural supplements that help the body maintain safe levels of cholesterol.

Approximately two-thirds of total blood cholesterol is manufactured inside the body. Supplements that promote normal cholesterol production levels may help maintain optimal levels in the blood.

Did You Know that...

- The human heart beats about 100,000 times each day (about 35 million per year).
- At rest, the heart works twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person sprinting.
- The heart circulates approximately six quarts of blood through the entire body three times every minute.
- An adult's heart is about the size of two fists.
 
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