Red yeast rice, produced in the fermentation of Monascus purpureus with rice, is a natural supplement which helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. It has been used for ages by Asian herbalists due to its unique health benefits.
Adding red rice to a diet may reduce LDL cholesterol levels. It also lowers triglyceride levels and may have therefore an antiatherosclerotic effect.
Red yeast rice has also a positive impact on weight loss. Fermented yeast contributes to a reduction in fat cells whereas fiber from this rice makes us feel satiated and thus helps lose weight.
Furthermore, it contains many valuable micro- and macroelements, i.e. calcium, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron. The next advantage is also the presence of B vitamins, vitamin K, affecting blood coagulation, and vitamin E, which prevents the clumping of blood cells and maintains normal permeability of cell membranes.
Red yeast rice has been also shown to support thyroid and liver function, increase the elasticity of blood vessel walls and relieve their tension and stimulate blood flow by dilating blood vessels.