Is red yeast rice a safe and effective alternative to statin drugs for lowering cholesterol?
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Is red yeast rice a safe and effective alternative to statin drugs for lowering cholesterol? Evidence-Based Answer: Overall, red yeast rice (RYR) preparations reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to a similar degree as statin medications (SOR: C, intermediate outcomes). However, caution should be used because RYR is an unregulated dietary supplement and different formulations may contain varying amounts of active ingredients (SOR: C, expert opinion).
Evidence Based Practice 16(11): 10-11