Red Yeast Rice Supplements
Ready for red yeast rice? This ancient Chinese dish does more than taste great with an eggroll.
Don’t be too disappointed when you don’t spot red yeast rice on your local Chinese take-out menu. Although it’s everyday cuisine in many Asian countries (and has been since the Tang Dynasty, 800 A.D.), red yeast rice is more likely to be found in extract form at supplement shops here in the U.S.
Red yeast rice is made by growing a type of yeast called Monascus purpureus on boiled, non-glutinous rice. The resulting reddish-purple substance is often used as a coloring in Chinese dishes such as Peking duck and pickled tofu, or it’s used as a traditional Chinese medicine remedy for healthy digestion, circulation and cholesterol support.**
To be used as an ingredient in supplements today, red yeast rice is cultivated in carefully controlled temperatures with growing conditions that encourage higher concentrations of its active ingredients. Because these chemicals are powerful, it’s recommended that anyone considering a red yeast rice supplement consult with a healthcare provider first.
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