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Monascus purpureus


High Cholesterin levels, cardiovascular diseases, cardiac disorders, arteriosclerosis, circulatory disorders, muscle pain (caused by synthetic statins) ...


Part used :
Extract from Yeast from fermented rice

Red Rice Yeast (Monascus purpureus), aka Corn Silage Mold, Ang-Khak Rice Mold, is a species of mold that is purplish-red in color. This fungus is most important because of its use, in the form of Red Yeast, in the production of certain fermented foods in China. However, discoveries of cholesterol-lowering statins produced by the mold has prompted research into its possible medical uses. It produces a number of statins. The naturally occurring lovastatins and analogs are called monacolins K, L, J, and also occur in their hydroxyl acid forms along with dehydroxymonacolin and compactin (lovastatin). The prescription drug Lovastatin, identical to monacolin K, is the principal statin produced by Monascus purpureus. Monacolin is similar to statins in that is inhibits the synthesis of cholesterin (it is generally assumed that statins have anti-inflammatory properties and reduce arteriosclerotic plaque by reducing oxidized LDL. Statins also inhibit the enzyme hmg-coa-reductase which is critical for the production of the body’s own cholesterin).

In Asia, Red Yeast is a food ingredient, e.g. as a flavor enhancer, as a component in sauces, in red tofu, in fish, vegetables, sausages and wine. Studies conducted in China in the 1980s and again in the US in the 1990s showed that cholesterin levels are reduced when monacolin K (aka Lovastatin), the extract from Red Yeast, is taken over a extended period of time (i.e. 3 months).

Red Yeast contains 0.03-0.1% monacolin, and small amounts of phytosterines, lovastatin, isoflavones and simple unsaturated fatty acids. To take effect, the Red Yeast extract should contain at least 1.6% monacolin. Chinese studies demonstrate a lower incidence of relapse and death after cardiac patients were given Red Yeast immediately after the attack.

In other studies conducted in the US and presented at medical congresses (Asco and Digestive Disease Week), statistics were produced which show a 47% reduction of lung cancer, a 50% reduction of breast cancer, a 54% reduction opf prostate cancer, a 56% reduction of esophageal cancer and a 59% reduction of pancreatic cancer after consumption of Red Yeast (statins). In other words: natural statis have beneficial effects on most prevalent cancer types. If combined with Q10, the effect of statins on the heart is improved even further.

History: It is known that the Chinese used a process to make red rice in 800 BC. It was used for culinary purposes and to alleviate digestive disorders and diarrhea, as well as to stimulate circulation. A popular book of traditional chinese medicine (Ben Cao Gang Mu-Dan Shi Bu Yi, dated back to the 14th century) provides a detailed account of the process of fermenting rice with Red Yeast (the rice is not red – it turns red through the process).

Counter Indications: Side effects have not been observed, except for a few singular cases of nausea and digestive disorders. Persons who are allergic to statins should not use Red Yeast products. Never use together with grapefruit juice.


Take 1 capsule each mornings and evenings, for 3 months.