With a supplement like red yeast rice, it is difficult to definitively know the ingredients. Red yeast rice may lower your cholesterol, but be cautious with how you source it. If the red yeast rice extract contains more than trace amounts of a substance called monacolin K (chemically identical to some statins), it is an unapproved new drug and cannot be sold legally as a dietary supplement. Always tell your clinician if you are taking supplements similar to red yeast rice.
Articles in this section
- What is hyperlipidemia?
- How common is hyperlipidemia?
- Who is more likely to develop hyperlipidemia?
- What are the symptoms of hyperlipidemia?
- What causes hyperlipidemia?
- How is hyperlipidemia diagnosed?
- What is a serum lipid panel?
- Who should be screened for hyperlipidemia and how often?
- How is hyperlipidemia treated?
- How do I take statins?