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RYR, or red yeast rice can be used for the treatment of digestive and circulatory disorders, like it has been used in China, where it is cultivated with mold Monascus purpureus. This rice is also used in America in a form of a supplement, but for a far lesser time then in China.

Confusion and Controversy

The RYR showed that it can reduce blood cholesterol and this was discovered in the 1999, when some controversies arose as well. The controversy is related to the lovastatin, which is called Mavecor and due to the presence of this drug, the use of RYR was prohibited by the FDA. But in the 2000, they said that it can be regulated so RYR continued with a legal sale, which was allowed only if the lovastatin levels were lowered. I But lovastatin was found again in RYR in 2007, and new attacks on it were launched by the FDA. The RYR can be found in America now and according to the FDA, it has no lovastatin but there is no proof of this since RYR is a dietary supplement with unregulated content.


Two studies on the RYR were done several years later, and they said that it can reduce the level of blood cholesterol. One of them had two groups of participants - 30 people who took placebo and 30 people who included some lifestyle alterations and took RYR. The LDL and total cholesterol levels were decreased among the people from the second group. The RYR can be used for the reduction of muscle pain, and one study showed that by taking RYR, you have taken an equivalent of 20 mg of statin drug prevastatin, which would also lead to the cholesterol levels decrease.

Taking RYR

You can lower your blood cholesterol levels with this non-prescription dietary supplement, but you have to be aware of the fact that you will be taking a lot of statins and similar substances. As we have said, this is a dietary supplement with unregulated content, so you really cannot know what you are buying. There are generic statin drugs, which have the same effect on the blood cholesterol levels and you should consult your doctor about them if you are having doubts about the RYR. You will get the dose you need in order to get preferable results and know that they are more affordable then the RYR.

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