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May 1, 2010, last updated May 22, 2013
By The Editorial Staff of CollectiveWizdom, Katrina Devine,
Contributing Columnist and Susan Callahan, Health Editor




Warnings and Possible Side Effects of Red Yeast Rice


If you're taking certain medications, you should not also eat
red yeast.

In 2007 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a
warning to consumers about red yeast. Since red yeast
contains lovastatin  -- an active pharmaceutical ingredient ---
they felt it should only be prescribed and monitored by
approved professionals. Among the reasons cited by the FDA
is the fact that the lovastatin has been known to cause
severe muscle and kidney problems. The risk of experiencing
these side effects is increased if you are  taking certain anti-
depressants and certain antibiotics.


The National Institutes of Health stated that because of the
FDA action on the products there are some difficulties with
consistency. It says that products that are bought over the
internet can have varying levels of the monacolin K in them,
from nothing to worrying amounts. It says the effects are
not completely predictable. It recommends that there is
stronger clinical evidence as well as better knowledge of side
effects for traditional pharmaceutical cholesterol lowering
drugs.


The National Institutes of Health indicates that the side
effects of red yeast supplementation are similar to the statin
drugs lovastatin and include dizziness, asthma, heartburn,
gas, bloating, muscle pain or damage,  headaches, abdominal
soreness and kidney problems.


They recommend that people with liver disease should not
use red yeast products. Women who are pregnant and
breast feeding also should not use red yeast.


The University of Maryland has added additional warnings.
The National Institutes of Health recommend that under
people under 18 should not use red yeast.  The University of
Maryland is even stricter, warning that people under 20 not
use red yeast.

The University of Maryland also say that red yeast can be
harmful in people who drink more than two drinks a day.
Also those with thyroid problems or those who have
received organ transplants should avoid it.



What Is The Best Way to take Red Yeast?

























Red Yeast is sold in two ways-- as a supplement and as a
powder.


As mentioned above, the FDA has implemented controls on
red yeast and this especially relates to supplements. You can
purchase supplements but be sure to check how much
monacolin K they contain.


The easiest and perhaps the safest way to get the benefits of
red yeast is to eat it in rice form as the Chinese have for
1200 years. Below is a recipe to prepare red yeast rice which
you can have with an array of dishes.


Recipe for Red Yeast Rice:

1. Start with regular white rice.


2. Place the Rice in a bowl of cold water and leave for 30 to
40 minutes or until the rice has been saturated with the
water.


3. Drain the cold water and add the rice to a pot.


4. Add 1 ½ cups of water per cup of rice and boil.


5. Allow to simmer for 4-5 minutes


6. Once all the water has been absorbed leave the rice to
cool slightly.


7. Add the red yeast-1 ½ tablespoon per cup of rice. Mix
thoroughly.


8. Keep the mixture at room temperature for 4 -5 days. Until
the rice has turned a purplish/reddish color.


9. You can reheat and eat with your desired dish.


Note: It is important that all the water has been absorbed
into the rice or else it will become a breeding ground for
bacteria. If you find any water after you’ve left it to incubate
then it is best to through it out.


If you intend to purchase red yeast over the internet,
consult your doctor before hand to make sure it will not
interfere with any of your medications or that your medical
history does not indicate that you should not take read
yeast. Also, if you suffer any of the side effects of read yeast
supplementation --muscle twitches, pains etc-- contact your
doctor immediately as it could be potentially serious.


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