The natural nutrients guggul and red yeast rice have been used for hundreds of years in the worlds oldest healing traditions, Ayurvedic medicine of India and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Red yeast rice, used since the 7th century A.D. in China , is actually a cooked rice by-product which has been dried, and then used for medicinal purposes. Traditionally, it has been used as a digestive stimulant and to improve blood circulation.
The benefits of red yeast rice are attracting attention today largely because of its effectiveness in safely lowering cholesterol. It’s effectiveness for this purpose is backed by numerous reliable research studies as well as centuries of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Recent research has shown that people who had to discontinue use of prescription statin cholesterol drugs because of adverse side effects did well with red yeast rice and had impressive improvements in cholesterol levels.
The herb guggul has been used in Ayurvedic medicine traditionally for a wide range of conditions, including balancing cholesterol and triglyceride levels and it’s effectiveness for these conditions is now backed by solid clinical research.
In one particular research study, after three months of using guggul the result was lower levels of total cholesterol and serum triglycerides (ave. 23% reduction) in the majority of participants.
Two other research trials in India confirmed that guggul can lower total cholesterol and raise HDL (so-called “good cholesterol”). Some people in the clinical trials reported mild digestive upset. There are no other reports of adverse side effects.
The effects that it has on blood cholesterol levels is comparable to prescription cholesterol drugs, but it is without the side effects since it is a natural plant extract.
Are Guggul and Red Yeast Rice Safe?
The safety of red yeast rice is sometimes called into question by some researchers. Their argument is that since it contains compounds that seem to produce an effect similar to cholesterol lowering statin drugs, it may produce dangerous adverse side effects as do the drugs. So far, current research does not support this theory, although more research is needed, for now there is no solid evidence that red yeast rice is unsafe.
Guggul & red yeast rice are natural remedies that are mild and gentle to the body. They can be used safely for extended periods of time without risk of addiction. Centuries of use and modern research have shown these nutrients to be safe and without significant side effects.
Since everyone responds differently, you may want to consult your health care provider before starting any supplementation program or to have any questions or concerns addressed.