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Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice (is a bright reddish purple fermented rice which acquires its color from being cultivated with the mold Monascus purpureus.

In the late 1970s, were isolating lovastatin from Aspergillus and monacolins from Monascus, the latter being the same fungus used to make red yeast rice but cultured under carefully controlled conditions. Chemical analysis showed that lovastatin and monacolin K are identical.

Lovastatin became the patented, prescription drug Mevacor for Merck & Co. Red yeast rice went on to become a contentious non-prescription dietary supplement in the United States and other countries.

Lovastatin and other prescription "statin" drugs inhibit cholesterol synthesis by blocking action of the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase.

Different strains of Monascus fungus will produce different amounts of monacolins. The 'Went' strain of Monascus purpureus, when properly fermented and processed, will yield a dried red yeast rice powder that is approximately 0.4% monacolins, of which roughly half will be monacolin K (identical to lovastatin).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) position is that red yeast rice products that contain monacolin K are identical to a drug and subject to regulation. The FDA sent Warning Letters to companies selling red yeast rice at the time and the product disappeared from the market for a few years.

In 2003, red yeast rice products began to reappear in the U.S. market. As of 2010, there are at least 30 brands available. Many of these avoid the FDA restriction by not having any appreciable monacolin content. The labeling on these products often says nothing about cholesterol. If they do not contain lovastatin, do not claim to contain lovastatin, and do not make a claim to lower cholesterol, they are not subject to FDA action.

Two reviews confirm that the monacolin content of red yeast rice supplements vary over a wide range. In 2007, the FDA sent Warning Letters to two dietary supplement companies. One was making a monacolin content claim and the other was not, but the FDA noted that both products contained monacolins. Both products were withdrawn.

Sp the upshot of this is that the current Red Yeast Rice products available (at least in the U.S.) don't contain sufficient monacolin to be effective for cholesterol control.

With that consideration, is doubtful any current red yeast rice product would provide any positive health benefit.
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