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  • Red yeast rice prevent obesity and improves cholesterol levels in rats on a high-fat diet


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    Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:27 am Email this article

    Red mold rice, usually referred to as "red yeast rice", given to rats on a high-fat diet prevented obesity, lowered LDL cholesterol and raised HDL cholesterol according to a study from researchers at National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.

    How It is Produced

    Produced through fermenting ordinary rice with Monascus species

    “Red mold rice (RMR) is produced through the fermentation of ordinary rice with Monascus species.”

     

    Uses

    Red mold rice used for flavoring, coloring and preservative in food, and for digestion

    “In East Asian countries, [red mold rice] traditionally functioned as a flavoring, coloring and preservative in food and as a medicinal herb for improving digestion and revitalizing the blood,” the paper notes.

     

    Medicinal Uses

    Red mold rice lowers cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, tumors, Alzheimers, oxidative stress and fatigue

    “Many studies have shown that some secondary metabolites of Monascus species improved hyperlipidemia, hypertension, hyperglycemia, tumor promotion, Alzheimer’s disease development, oxidative stress and fatigue during exercise.”

    REFERENCE

    Chen W, Ho B, Lee CL, Lee CH, Pan TM. Red mold rice prevents the development of obesity, dyslipidemia and hyperinsulinemia induced by high-fat diet. Int J Obes (Lond). 2008 Nov, 1694-704.

    AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION

    Professor T-M Pan
    Institute of Microbiology and Biochemistry
    College of Life Science
    National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4
    Roosevelt Road
    Taipei 10617 Taiwan
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