Harvard Women's Health Watch
Can I use red yeast rice instead of a statin to lower my cholesterol?
Ask the doctors Q. My bad cholesterol has been rising, and my doctor suggested that I start taking a statin. Iíve read that red yeast rice has many of the cholesterol-lowering benefits of a statin, and I would rather go the natural route. However, I recently heard on a newscast that red yeast rice can have adverse effects on the kidneys. Is it still safe for me to take this supplement?