Red Yeast Rice with CoQ10 contains Monascus purpureus, a red-pigmented yeast grown on rice (hence red yeast rice) and has been documented as being used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) going back to the Tang Dynasty (800 A.D.). Many studies, both in China and in the United States, have demonstrated that red yeast rice is beneficial in helping to maintain blood cholesterol levels already in the normal range.‡
The same enzymes involved in cholesterol synthesis are also involved in the synthesis of CoQ10. In order to help maintain levels of CoQ10 we have added 50mg of CoQ10 per vegetable capsule.
Red yeast rice is obtained by a specific rice fermentation process which can produce a toxic by-product – citrinin, which can cause inflammation and other undesirable side effects. We source our red yeast rice from the highest quality manufacturer in the United States who utilizes a sophisticated fermentation process which results in extremely low levels of this toxic by-product (less than 1 part per million).‡
The same types of side effects that can occur in patients taking lovastatin as a drug can also occur in patients who take red yeast rice products that contain monacolin K. Potential side effects include myopathy (muscle symptoms such as pain and weakness), rhabdomyolysis (a condition in which muscle fibers break down, releasing substances into the bloodstream that can harm the kidneys), and liver toxicity. Each of these three side effects has been reported in people who were taking red yeast rice.
Red yeast rice supplements should not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Lovastatin can interact with a variety of drugs to increase the risk of rhabdomyolysis; these drugs include other cholesterol-lowering agents, certain antibiotics, the antidepressant nefazodone, drugs used to treat fungal infections, and drugs used to treat HIV infection. Red yeast rice containing monacolin K could interact with drugs in the same way.
If your patients take medication, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with them.
Warning: If you are pregnant or lactating woman, have any health conditions, or are taking any medication, make sure to consult your healthcare provider prior to use.
‡ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.