One of the things patients always want to know is how to reduce their intake of certain drugs, or find a “natural” alternative to them. One the most surprising supplements that I have come across is Red Yeast Rice.
When clients switch herbal or natural replacement, I always tell them to allow 6-8 weeks to fully see the benefit of the product. However, with Red Yeast Rice I had one client tell me she lowered her cholesterol 100 points in 1 month! While that’s probably not typical, other clients tell me how happy they are to have found something different to bring the cholesterol number down.
Red Yeast Rice was classified as a drug by the FDA for several years because of it’s effectiveness-And as a result taken off the health food store shelves (it’s a drug now). However, since there pharmaceutical companies promoting it-there were no doctors writing prescriptions for it either. After outcries from the natural health community, It was declassified as a drum and allowed to be sold in health food stores again.
Red Yeast Rice carries no contraindications (except to people sensitive to yeast products)