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Renewed Support for Red Yeast Rice

A study in the American Heart Journal reinforces that red yeast rice, a popular supplement, along with lifestyle changes, can help lower weight and LDL cholesterol.

While statins like Lipitor and Zocor are better at treating high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, many patients can't tolerate or refuse the drugs due to side effects or cost. This has led to an explosion in the use of over-the-counter alternatives like red yeast rice and phytosterols, another plant-based supplement.

Sources:
American Heart Journal: 2013 Jul;166(1):187-96. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2013.03.019. Epub 2013 Apr 30.

Philadelphia Inquirer: http://articles.philly.com/2013-07-08/news/40422980_1_red-yeast-rice-lifestyle-changes-phytosterols.