Red Rice: Your Statin Natural to Control Cholesterol

The red rice can contribute significantly to the improvement of levels of cholesterol in the blood and for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. In a society in which reigns an unbalanced diet, this can be a excellent alternative. Take care of your health is essential and this can be a fundamental aid.

About Red Rice

The red rice is a type of brown rice, long grain, rich in natural pigments that give a red color or brownish.

Its wealth in fibers and carbohydrates complex distinguishes it from the traditional rice, making it an ally to the diets of perda weight by promoting the functioning of the intestinal transit and increase satiety.

The red rice is the predominant used in China for traditional chinese medicine, mainly in the form of red yeast rice.


The red yeast rice comes from fermenting red rice by a yeast specific, Monascus purpureus.

During this fermentation process, the red rice acquires a variety of compounds called monacolinas, among which the Monocolina K, the main responsible for the higher benefit assigned to this food: the reduction of levels of cholesterol.

Indeed, there is scientific evidence that consistent, including the EFSA, which indicate that the Monocolina K influences the synthesis of cholesterol level in liver, promoting a decrease of total cholesterol and of LDL cholesterol (known as “bad cholesterol”) and reducing therefore the likelihood of cardiovascular events.

This effect is due to its similarity in structural terms, with lovastatin, a drug family of statins, widely used to lower levels of cholesterol, acting through the inhibition of the action of an important enzyme for the endogenous production of cholesterol.

For this reason, more and more red yeast rice has been affirming itself as an effective alternative in the control of dislipidemy, especially in the case of people who present intolerance to statins chemical (from myalgias, muscle weakness, among others).

In addition, the constitution lipid of red rice, in particular unsaturated fatty acids, by itself, act positively and synergistically with the Monocolina K in the reduction of cholesterol levels and triglycerides.

In addition to this effect in the synthesis of cholesterol, this rice is also rich in antioxidants, zinc , and vitamin B6, which are important elements to prevent cell aging, cancer and degenerative diseases, strengthen the immunity and improve mood.


In this sense, the red yeast rice is intended, for example, to persons with significant increases in mild to moderate cholesterol and/or cardiovascular risk, who prefer a natural solution (rather than pharmacological) for this situation.

However, it is important to note that, although the red yeast rice do not present adverse effects, it is not advised to pregnant and/or breastfeeding, being also questionable consumption by children and the elderly, due to possibility of side effects at renal level.


Although it is still hard to find in the Portuguese market, the red rice begins to include in the surfaces that sell diet products.

In terms of consumption, this type of rice can be built and consumed as the traditional rice: essentially, boiled or sautã © ed.

However, it is important to note that as this rice has a more intense flavor, you should minimize or reduce the spices and seasonings that you usually use, and in particular salt.

Besides its consumption in natural form, this food has already been isolated and concentrated in the form of a food supplement, being the main form of consumption in Portugal.

However, before you opt for the supplementation, it is important to confirm the concentration of Monocolina K of the supplement that will to choose: the available evidence indicates that the amount required to obtain the desired results is 10mg/day.

On the other hand, it never hurts to remember that the consumption of food supplements never dispenses with the adoption of a healthy lifestyle, including the practice of a balanced diet and regular physical exercise! This is because, a diet rich in fiber and fat is brought together with the practice of physical exercise continue to be the best and more natural alternative to reduce cholesterol.

In addition, you should ask the opinion of a health professional, mainly if it makes any chronic medication and/or if are already taking any statin cholesterol-lowering.