Harvard Heart Letter

Key ingredient in red yeast rice supplements varies dramatically

Research we’re watching Have you considered taking a red yeast rice supplement to “naturally” lower your cholesterol, either instead of or in addition to a prescription statin? Think again. These popular over-the-counter supplements contain an ingredient identical to the one found in the prescription drug lovastatin (Mevacor) — but in completely unpredictable amounts, a new study finds. …

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