Efficacy of Monascus purpureus Went rice on lowering lipid ratios in hypercholesterolemic patients.
Huang, Chien-Fang a; Li, Tsai-Chung c; Lin, Cheng-Chieh a; Liu, Chiu-Shong a; Shih, Hung-Chang b; Lai, Ming-May a
European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation.
14(3):438-440, June 2007.
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Background: Several lipid ratios may be predictors of coronary artery disease risk. We assessed the efficacy of Monascus purpureus Went rice (red yeast rice) on lowering lipid ratios.
Method and results: We evaluated 79 hypercholesterolemic patients (aged 23-65 years) who received a twice-daily dose of either red yeast rice or a placebo at 600 mg for 8 weeks. The 8-week treatment with red yeast rice showed significantly greater reduction than the placebo treatment in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, total cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein B/apolipoprotein A-I ratios.
Conclusions: Red yeast rice can reduce lipid ratios in hypercholesterolemic patients.
(C) 2007 European Society of Cardiology