Red Yeast Rice Benefits
Red yeast rice benefits are greatest for two kinds of people…
First, for those who are seeking to get their high cholesterol under control.
And it's also helpful for people who have been told they have "borderline" high cholesterol but their doctors have not yet given them a prescription for a cholesterol-lowering medication such as Lipitor, Mevacor, Zocor, Crestor, and Lescol.
Red yeast rice (also known as Monascus purpureus) is beneficial for these groups of people because of it's demonstrated ability to help lower lipid fats like cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
Why not just use a prescription medication like Lipitor?
As you may know, despite FDA approval, statin drugs have a long list of risks and serious side effects.
The health risks associated with these medications include:
- Memory loss
- Kidney damage
- Muscle pain/weakness
- Elevation of liver enzymes
- Depletion of Coenzyme Q10 (essential for your heart)
And that's just to name a few.
Other side effects commonly associated with these drugs include more "nuisance" type symptoms such as flatulence, constipation, and erectile dysfunction.
One way to deal with the problem is simply to stop taking the medication. But that's not usually a good idea.
Outside of lowering cholesterol, the anti-inflammatory effect of these drugs can protect the heart.
The other concern is that stopping these drugs usually leads to what's called a "rebound effect". Meaning your cholesterol levels will spike up quite a bit once you stop.
So you can easily reverse and wipe out your previous progress with your lipid levels rather quickly if you stop these drugs cold turkey.
And that's where red yeast rice comes into the picture.
You see, one of the compounds that occurs naturally in red yeast rice (and several other mushrooms) is monacolin K.
Monacolin K was known about and given that name long before pharmaceutical researchers ever cooked up their first batch of lovastatin, marketed as Mevacor.
The monacolin K found naturally is not just similar to lovastatin … monacolin K is lovastatin.
So it shouldn't surprise you to learn that it has some the exact same beneficial effects on cholesterol and inflammation as the statin drugs.
But … without all the unnecessary side effects and risks of the artificial, made-in-the-laboratory version.
Now you can see why two of the key benefits of this naturally-occurring statin is that it's effective at balancing cholesterol levels and fighting inflammation … both shown to help reduce your risk of heart disease.
But there's another important difference you need to be aware of…
The natural version doesn't cause the side effects associated with the pure pharmaceutical form of lovastatin.
If you need support for your cardiovascular health but you don't want a prescription medication, it's always a good idea to add in exercise and proper dietary nutrition.
And now, more and more studies are suggesting you consider adding a high quality red yeast rice extract supplement as well.
In summary, red yeast rice benefits are very comparable to the cholesterol-lowering and anti-inflammatory benefits associated with statin drugs. But without all the nasty side effects. And for most people, is available at a much lower cost.