Red yeast rice is a bright reddish purple fermented rice, which acquires its colour from being cultivated with the mold Monascus purpureus. Red Yeast Rice is mainly used in health food. Though it’s considered safe, some are convinced it has potentially dangerous health effects.
What Is Red yeast rice?
Red Yeast Rice has a very high nutrition, health-care, medicinal value, it is a kind natural, safe and effective health food supplement and pharmaceutical raw materials. It helps to lower blood pressure and total cholesterol, and improve blood circulation. Red Yeast Rice can be used in health food, functional food supplements, and nutraceutical industries.
Possible Side Effects of Red yeast rice
Red yeast rice is generally considered a safe ingredient. The side effects may:
- Stomachache or bloating.
- Muscle aches and weakness. This can lead to a rare but serious condition called rhabdomyolysis. Stop taking red yeast rice immediately and call your doctor.
GRAS Affirmation: Yes
Generally recognized as safe (GRAS) is an American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) designation that a chemical or substance added to food is considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Red yeast rice is considered safe by FDA.
Red yeast rice is available commercially, primarily as a 600 mg capsule. Most manufacturers suggest a dosage of 2 capsules twice a day by mouth for a total of 2,400 mg/day. Commercial OTC products often contain coenzyme Q 10 to supplement the low levels of this enzyme found in patients with statin myopathy. Past clinical trials have used dosages of 2,400 mg/day.
Special Populations Precaution
There is a lot of concern about diet and nutrition for these population, like Newborns, children, pregnant, sensitive to Red yeast rice populations. Better consult to your doctor if you would like to intake Potato Powder.
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