A recent study on the use of red yeast rice found it to be a useful and effective alternative to prescription statins. Although it may not be good news to the pharmacological industry, it's great news for those patients who cannot take statins and need support in reducing their cholesterol.
The participants in the study had a previous history of statin intolerance and high cholesterol. They were divided into two groups that received either a placebo or a1800 mg of red yeast rice twice daily. Both groups also participated in a lifestyle change program which included exercise, relaxation techniques and nutrition education. The study group showed a significant decrease in cholesterol levels compared to the placebo group. In addition, the study group did not report any increase in pain levels. For further information regarding this study please go to: http://www.annals.org/content/150/12/830.full.pdf+html
Annals of Internal Medicine, June 16, 2009 vol. 150 no. 12 830-839