Red yeast rice, or Monascus purpureus, is a yeast grown on rice. Used as a dietary staple in many Asian countries, it is now being used as a nutritional supplement taken to lower cholesterol levels. Used in China for over a thousand years, red yeast rice has now found its way to American consumers looking for alternatives or complements to statin drug therapy.
http://www.healthnews.com/blogs/melanie-grimes/natural-health/alternative-medicine/benefits-red-yeast-rice-lowering-cholesterol-3091.h

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