Friday, October 29, 2010
Red Yeast Rice Supplements for High Cholesterol
All of this sounds good until you dig a little deeper. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA and a new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that different brands of red yeast rice supplements showed dramatic variation in levels of active ingredients. Furthermore some contained toxic manufacturing byproducts.
The researchers analyzed capsules from a dozen different manufacturers. They found the consistency was far from standard, even thought they all were labeled as containing 600mg of red yeast rice extract.
Unfortunately, the authors of the Archives study did not share the names of the supplements with the readers so we are left to ponder!
Say what you will about pharmaceutical drugs, I think we all benefit from the FDA oversight and knowing that there is some standardization and safety in manufacture and distribution. Supplements can range from completely ineffective to potentially dangerous with contaminants or unknown side effects.
Red Yeast Rice Supplements should be used with caution.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 7:10 AM