Red Yeast Rice Extract for Coronary Disease

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A study from Thomas Jefferson University looked at almost 5,000 patients who had previously suffered a heart attack and had high cholesterol. All of the patients discontinued their cholesterol medication; half then received a placebo, while half received an extract of Chinese red rice.

Patients who used the red rice extract had fewer heart attacks and were less likely to die from their heart attacks than in the placebo group. Less of the patients in the red rice group needed to undergo procedures to have their arteries unblocked. They also had lower levels of LDL cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (the beneficial cholesterol).

Read a good summary of the findings at Reuters, or the study abstract here.

Researchers emphasized that the red rice extract was produced under carefully regulated conditions and is not the same as the products that can be found in health-food stores.

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