Red yeast rice is a natural byproduct formed when yeast (Monascus purpureus) is cultivated on cooked, non-glutinous rice. Red yeast rice contains fiber, rice starch, phytosterols, isoflavones and fatty acids, as well as compounds known collectively as monacolins. Red yeast rice tablets and red yeast rice capsules, in doses ranging from 600 mg to 1,200 mg, are available at Vitacost.com. When taking red yeast rice vitamins, it's important to also supplement with coenzyme Q10, because red yeast rice is known to deplete levels of this important energy-producing nutrient.**
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