Red yeast rice and policosanol lowers high cholesterol

Doctors combined red yeast rice, policosanol, and artichoke leaf extract in a study of 39 people, aged 21 to 55, with moderately elevated cholesterol who were not taking drug therapy. The group took 500 mg of red yeast rice, 11.1 mg of policosanol, and 600 mg of artichoke leaf extract per day, or a placebo.

After 16 weeks, while there were no changes in the placebo group, the supplement group saw LDL cholesterol fall by 21 percent, and total cholesterol by 14 percent. Triglycerides, the most common form of fat in the body, increased for placebo and declined 12 percent in the supplement group. Doctors began seeing the supplement benefits as early as four weeks.

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