Red yeast rice and cholesterol problems
Eating the red yeast rice is really beneficial for your lipid profile. It reduces the cholesterol levels and, consequently it decreases the risk for cardiac complications.
Nations from the East continue to consume this type of rice and that’s why they do not suffer from cardiac complications as often as the other non Eastern-Nations.
It is estimated that the moderate consumption of red yeast rice have a major impact on the lipid profile. First of all, the levels of the total cholesterol are lowered, especially the levels of the bad cholesterol - LDL.
On the other hand, the consumption of red yeast rice increases the levels of the good cholesterol. That’s how the risk for cardio-vascular complications is reduced. The effects of red yeast rice could be summarized as following:
There are three main ways of preparation for the red yeast rice, including: Zhitai, Cholestin or HypoCol, Xuezhikang.
Zhitai: it is a product of the fermentation, consisting mainly of rice with not notable cholesterol reducing effects.
HypoCol or Cholestin: this is how the yeast Monascus purpureus is used for fermentation. By using this type of preparation the red yeast rice gains amazing cholesterol reducing properties. It consists of:
- Unsaturated fatty acids
- Micro-Elements: Calcium, Magnesium, Copper and Iron.
Xuezhikang has the strongest cholesterol reducing properties. It is estimated that it is 40% more powerful than the HypoCol.
The Monacolin K has a very powerful affect on the cholesterol metabolism. It is part of the drug named Lovastatin and it is the active ingredient. The unsaturated fatty acids improve the cholesterol levels, also.
The traces of monacolin K are minimal and that’s why it is absolutely safe to eat the red yeast rice and, at the same time, take cholesterol reducing drugs.
It is estimated that their reabsorbtion will not be reduced, but a synergistic affect will be present. The effect of the red yeast rice will stack up with the effect of the cholesterol reducing drugs.
It is possible to find it as a supplement. However, it has higher levels of monacolin K and other ingredients, which make the red yeast rice good for cholesterol reduction.
If you choose to take supplements, you must consult your doctor. You can take grains, which is much safer and it is way easier to find on the market.
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