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'Red Yeast Rice' Statin Alternative Not Harmless Either, Study Says
February 02, 2017 07:59 AM
If you suffer from high cholesterol, you are probably being prescribed a statin. Along with the effectiveness of statins to treat cholesterol issues, there is also the risk of side effects such as muscle and liver damage. For a while, red yeast rice has been recommended as a natural alternativeto prescribed statins. However, it has recently been found that this alternative choice can also increase muscle and liver injury. This is believed to be due to the fact that the active ingredient in each is monacolin K.
"Red yeast rice could increase risk of muscle injury or liver damage."