Red Yeast Rice Helps Lowering Cholesterol

Many people prefer herbal ingredients to maintain a healthy body. Including to lower cholesterol levels. One of the herbal ingredients that have been proven effective for lowering bad cholesterol is red yeast rice.

Specialist heart and blood vessels Hospital Sahirman Sahid Jakarta, dr. Aulia Sani said, red yeast rice serves to inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver and prevents thickening of plaque in the blood vessels and avoid blockage of vessels.

Cholesterol is actually naturally produced in the liver. But unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking and lack of physical activity can increase the production of cholesterol in the liver. Hereditary factors also affect cholesterol levels.

"Inhibiting the production of cholesterol in the liver directly to lower total cholesterol quickly," Aulia said in a press conference in Jakarta, Tuesday (06/18/2013) then.

Red yeast rice is known to reduce levels of cholesterol in the liver. Reporting from websites Drugs, red yeast rice contains lovastatin active compounds that have effects improve blood fat levels that are too high (hyperlipidemia). In addition there is also some evidence that says that the compound has antibacterial and anticancer effects.

Red yeast rice also contains sterols such as beta-sitosterol and campesterol which can block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestine. Besides isolation unsaturated fatty acids such as oleik, linoleic, and linolenic acids, and B complex vitamins such as niacin in red yeast rice can also be a solution in reducing cholesterol.

Clinical trials of supplements containing red yeast rice extract also conducted in Indonesia by Aulia on 40 patients some time ago showed positive results.

"Within five days, the average levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) can fall to 18.87 mg / dL and triglyceride levels fell by 17.1 mg / dL," said the former Director of the Cardiovascular Center Harapan Kita.

Total cholesterol in the blood is less than the recommended 200 mg / dL. As for the levels of LDL is less than 100 mg / dL, and triglycerides less than 150 mg / dL. As for the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) should be above 45 mg / dL.