For centuries, red yeast rice has been used in China as a food and medicinal substance. By fermenting Monascus purpureus with rice, you in turn make red yeast rice. For centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, red yeast rice has been used to promote blood circulation, soothe upset stomach, and invigorate the function of the spleen. More recently, red yeast rice has been proven to contain substances beneficial to maintaining healthy LDL cholesterol levels.
Not all reported benefits of red yeast rice have been evaluated by the FDA, but those who have taken it have reported:
Every person is different, thus, making their reaction to red yeast rice supplements different. Some possible side effects that have been reported are:
Tell your doctor or health care provider about any side effects you experience after taking red yeast rice supplements.
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