Ask the doctor: Is red yeast rice good for lowering cholesterol?

Ask the doctor

Is red yeast rice good for lowering cholesterol?

Q. I saw a newspaper column that said red yeast rice is a safer, more effective way to treat high cholesterol than statin drugs. Is that true?

A. Is red yeast rice safer than statins? Probably not. More effective? Almost certainly not. Would I recommend it or take it myself? Absolutely not.

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