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What are the health benefits of red yeast rice?

Neal D. Barnard, MD
Psychiatry

Red yeast rice is one of the oldest natural remedies around, says nutrition expert Dr. Neal Barnard. Find out what it's used for by watching this video.


Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Red yeast rice has been touted as a supplement that can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as increase healthy HDL cholesterol. The rumors are true because the active ingredient is identical to a commonly used pharmaceutical statin drug. But because herbs are harvested without tight controls, you don't know exactly what you're getting inside the pill. For the same cost, you're better off using another supplement such as niacin or pantothenic acid.
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