Monascus purpureus-fermented rice (red yeast rice): A natural food product that lowers blood cholesterol in animal models of hypercholesterolemia

@inproceedings{Li1998MonascusPR,
  title={Monascus purpureus-fermented rice (red yeast rice): A natural food product that lowers blood cholesterol in animal models of hypercholesterolemia},
  author={Changling Li and Yan Kong Zhu and Yinye Wang and Jia-shi Zhu and Joseph Chang and David Kritchevsky},
  year={1998}
}
We studied the effects of Monascus purpureus (red yeast rice) on blood lipids and lipoprotein concentrations in three animal models. In rabbits fed on a diet of 25% casein, which induced endogenous hypercholesterolemia, serum cholesterol concentration increased from approximately 1.81 to 7.5 1 mmol/L within 60 days. Treatment with Monascus purpureus (red yeast rice) for 30 days at doses of 0.4 and 0.8 g/kg/day significantly lowered serum total cholesterol (TC) concentration and TC:HDL-c ratio… CONTINUE READING

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