Harvard Heart Letter

Supplements used as statin alternatives pose safety issues

Research we’re watching Dietary supplements made from red yeast rice contain substances called monacolins, which are similar to the active ingredient in cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. And like statins, red yeast rice products may cause rare but serious side effects, such as muscle injury and liver damage, as noted in a study published online January 19, 2017, by the British Journal of Pharmacology. …

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