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Actually, the extracts of Red Yeast Rice, contain starch, sterols, isoflavones, and monounsaturated fatty acids. Depending on the Monascus strains used and the fermentation conditions, it may contain polyketides called monacolins. One of these monacolins is named 'Monacolin K', typically 0.2% per 5 mg as compared to 20–40 mg of the drug lovastatin (Mevacor, Altocor), which was derived from Monacolin 'K'.

As 'Monacolin K' has now recently been banned as an ingredient of all red yeast rice products sold in the USA, how can RYR sold on the US market still reduce LDL cholesterol by between 25-40%?

Well, all Monacolins possess hydroxymethyglutaryl coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase-inhibitory activity. To date, there are fourteen known Monacolins, so that leaves 13 others that have not been trialled. Nature's Plus RYR contain nine of these Monacolins.

RYR is a natural product, proven to work without the dangerous side-effects of the now over-rated Statin drug. RYR is an excellent alternative for patients who suffer from such side-effects.

Furthermore, Vitamin B3 not only increases HDL, which is used as the base Lipoprotein for all cholesterol ratio measurements, but has been proven time and again to increase the size of LDL cholesterol particles from pattern B (small and dense) to the fairly harmless (less prone to oxidation) pattern A (large and buoyant).

Low Triglycerides/High HDL means high (Pattern A) LDL and low (Pattern B) LDL.
High Triglycerides/Low HDL means low (Pattern A) LDL and high (Pattern B) LDL.

Niacin (VitaminB3) is used extensively in Europe by the medical establishment in conjunction with a Statin, where required.


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