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Eur J Cardiovasc Prev Rehabil. 2007 Jun;14(3):438-40.

Efficacy of Monascus purpureus Went rice on lowering lipid ratios in hypercholesterolemic patients.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Several lipid ratios may be predictors of coronary artery disease risk. We assessed the efficacy of Monascus purpureus Went rice (red yeast rice) on lowering lipid ratios.

METHOD AND RESULTS:

We evaluated 79 hypercholesterolemic patients (aged 23-65 years) who received a twice-daily dose of either red yeast rice or a placebo at 600 mg for 8 weeks. The 8-week treatment with red yeast rice showed significantly greater reduction than the placebo treatment in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, total cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein B/apolipoprotein A-I ratios.

CONCLUSIONS:

Red yeast rice can reduce lipid ratios in hypercholesterolemic patients.

PMID:
17568245
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