Red Yeast Rice
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red yeast rice
Specification: lovastatin (Monacolin K) 0.4%,0.8%,1.0%,1.5%,2.0%
Description: Mauve powder. Red yeast rice has been used in China for centuries as both a food and as a medicinal substance. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine use red yeast rice to treat abdominal pain due to stagnant blood and dysentery, as well as external and internal trauma. In addition to its therapeutic applications, red yeast rice has been used for centuries as a flavor enhancer, a food preservative, and a base for a Taiwanese alcoholic rice-wine beverage. In addition to rice starch, protein, fiber, sterols, and fatty acids, red yeast rice contains numerous active constituents, including monacolin K, dihydromonacolin, and monacolin I to VI.
Function: The main ingredient in red yeast rice called monacolin K, inhibits the production of cholesterol by stopping the action of a key enzyme in the liver (e. g. , HMG-CoA reductase) that is responsible for manufacturing cholesterol. The drug lovastatin acts in a similar fashion to this red yeast rice ingredient. However, the amount per volume of monacolin K in red yeast rice is small (0.2% per 5 mg) when compared to the 200 mg of lovastatin available as a prescription drug.