Worried about your cholesterol levels? An ingredient used in Asian cuisine for centuries may help rebalance healthy cholesterol levels: red yeast rice extract.
Experts say more than half of adults in England have high cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol in the blood increase your risk of developing heart disease, but a traditional Chinese remedy could help.
There are plenty of lifestyle changes you can make to lower cholesterol levels, such as regular exercise, but there is also evidence to show that red yeast rice extract benefits include helping to maintain normal cholesterol levels.
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Red yeast rice extract (RYRE) is a reddish-purple powder made from white rice fermented with a yeast called Monascus purpureus.It’s been used in Chinese medicine and Asian cuisine for centuries: as a herbal remedy, and as a food colouring and preservative in sake, vinegars, tofu, meat and cheeses. It’s also available as a supplement.3
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