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Red Yeast

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What other names is Red Yeast known by?

Arroz de Levadura Roja, Cholestin, Hong Qu, Koji Rouge, Levure de Riz Rouge, Monascus, Monascus purpureus, Monascus Purpureus Went, Red Rice, Red Rice Yeast, Red Yeast Rice, Red Yeast Rice Extract, Riz Rouge, Xue Zhi Kang, XueZhiKang, XZK, Zhibituo, Zhi Tai.

What is Red Yeast?

Red yeast is the product of rice fermented with Monascus purpureus yeast. Red yeast supplements are different from red yeast rice sold in Chinese grocery stores. People use red yeast as medicine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • High cholesterol.
  • High cholesterol and triglyceride levels caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease (AIDS).

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Indigestion, diarrhea, improving blood circulation, spleen and stomach problems, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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