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Natriche Cholesterol with Red Yeast lowers the Cholesterol?

Red yeast rice extract is a traditional Chinese medicine of which is proven that it lowers the cholesterol. Red yeast rice could be alluring because it is a “natural” product.

What is red yeast rice extract?

Red yeast rice extract is a substance that is extracted from rice, which is fermented with a kind of yeast called Monascus purpureus. It is being used for centuries in China and other Asian countries, as a traditional medicine. The application originates from the Ming-dynasty (1368-1644). In the old Chinese pharmacopoeia is the application of red yeast rice extract described with diseases of the blood circulation or blood clump, the digestive system and with problems with the spleen. The resource is mostly used in the Chinese kitchen as a food additive and colorant. The most well-known example is the peking duck, of which the red color is obtained with red yeast rice extract. Red yeast rice extract naturally contains different ingredients that can help control the cholesterol. These embrace a few monacolins, especially monacolin K. It also contains sterols, isoflavones and monounsaturated fats, or ‘healthy fats’.     

How well does red yeast rice work?

Global studies have proved that red yeast rice extract can substantially lower the levels of the total cholesterol and especially the LDL or “bad” cholesterol. One study showed that taking 2.4 grams a day, lowered the LDL-levels with 22% and the total cholesterol with 16% in 12 weeks. A different study showed that taking 1.2 grams a day lowered the LDL-levels with 26% in just eight weeks.

What is the right dosage of red yeast rice extract?  

According to the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) a daily intake of red yeast rice with 10 mg monacolin K is needed to effectively lower an increased LDL-level and total cholesterol level. Natriche Cholesterol contains 5mg monacolin K per capsule, de daily dosage is 2 capsules a day.

Are there interactions with red yeast rice extract?

Yes, red yeast rice can lower the body’s own syntheses of co-enzyme Q10. Supplementation with Q10 helps avoid deficits, that’s why Natriche Cholesterol is combined with Q10. Of course there are more interactions possible, however we recommend that you consult an expert for this.

Are there also contra-indications?

Yes there are, be careful with;

  • High alcohol consumption
  • Oversensitivity for rice or yeast
  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding
  • Severe liver- and kidney diseases  

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