Napiers Red Rice Yeast Capsules are a dietary supplement designed to be used, in conjunction with a low cholesterol diet, to help you maintain healthy cholesterol levels in your body.
The maintenance of normal blood LDL-cholesterol concentrations is especially important as you get older.
If your total and LDL cholesterol levels are too high, it can block your arteries, contributing to high blood pressure and problems with your heart, such as heart disease or stroke. High cholesterol has also been linked with diabetes.
Monacolin K from red rice yeast contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
Red rice yeast should be taken in conjunction with a low cholesterol diet.
NOTE on health claim
The authorised health claim is made on the basis of an intake of 10 mg of monacolin K per day. Six capsules provide a daily intake of 10 mg of monacolin K from red yeast rice, if the exact equivalent to monacolin K alone is required.
However, red rice yeast also contains other monacolins and phytosterols which, along with your diet, will also influence your cholesterol intake.
In our Napiers Clinics, we recommend a daily intake of 3 capsules a day when you are trying to bring cholesterol down. Once your cholesterol is lowered, one capsule a day can be taken as a daily maintenance supplement in conjunction with a low cholesterol diet.
Take 1 to 3 capsules per day, with food.
Take in conjunction with a cholesterol lowering diet.
Monacolin K from Red Rice Yeast helps to lower your cholesterol. drugs called statins also lower your cholesterol. If you take Red Rice Yeast at the same time as statins you could have an additive effect.
If you are already taking statins, or plan to start taking statins, please discuss this with your doctor, as the dose of statins may need to be reduced to avoid a cumulative effect.
Possible Side Effects
Common side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs include muscle weakness and fatigue (myalgia). Although many people use Red Rice Yeast as a food supplement to avoid these drug side effects, in a few people, large doses of Red Rice Yeast may have side effects. Side effects may also include stomach discomfort, heartburn, intestinal gas, and dizziness.
If you notice a side effect, speak to your doctor, pharmacist, medical herbalist or health professional.
One side effect that has also been found in statin drugs, is a slight depletion in CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10, ubiquitone) levels. Napiers Red Rice Yeast has added CoEnzyme Q10 to this product to ensure a healthy level in the body.
Cheaper red rice yeast supplements may not contains CoQ10. In addition, some red rice yeast supplements, especially those originating in the USA, may have had monacolin K removed from them. Always read the label.
St John's Wort
St John's Wort can lower serum levels of the statin drug lovastatin. As Red Rice Yeast contains monacolin K, from which lovastatin is derived, St. John's Wort may also reduce the effects of using of red yeast. Your medical herbalist can advise you further on this.
Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding as there is not enough evidence as to whether Red rice yeast can be used safely in pregnancy.
Do not take if you have liver disease or liver damage. Statin drugs can harm the liver and theoretically, this could also be the case with monacolin K from red rice yeast.
Each 500 mg vegetarian capsule contains:
400 mg Red Rice Yeast extract
10 mg Coenzyme Q10 (Co Q10)
10 mg Policosanol
80 mg grape seed extract
Each capsule contains 1.6 mg of monacolin K.
Red rice yeast also contains other monacolins, phytosterols and nutrients that have not been measured.
Cheaper red rice yeast supplements may not contains CoQ10 or policosanol. In addition, some red rice yeast supplements, especially those originating in the USA, may have had monacolin K removed from them. Always read the label.