07/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

RED YEAST RICE And How It Reduces Cholesterol

Red yeast rice in the past reduced cholesterol levels because it contained (among many other chemicals), one of the statin drugs, namely lovastatin. (The statin drugs are the most effective cholesterol-lowering agents used in medicine today. They were originally derived from yeast products.)

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