Answers to Common Questions
Q. What is Red Yeast Rice?
A. For centuries, Red Yeast Rice (RYR) has been used in China as both a food and as a coloring. By fermenting Monascus purpureus with rice, you in turn make Red Yeast Rice. In ancient Chinese medicine, RYR has been used to promote blood circulation and support the healthy function of the spleen, a body organ that destroys old blood cells and filters foreign substances. More recently, RYR has been shown to be beneficial in maintaining healthy LDL levels*.
Q. Why should I take Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice over other brands?
A. Yes. Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice is grown in the USA, in a clean room setting and is manufactured utilizing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). In addition, Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice is coliform and heavy metal free.
Q. Is Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice certified organic?
A. Yes, Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice is certified organic by Quality Assurance International.
Q. Should I take Red Yeast Rice along with cholesterol-lowering drugs?
A. Red Yeast Rice should not be taken with any cholesterol- lowering medications known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins).
Q. What is Citrinin and is it in Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice?
A. Citrinin is a nephrotoxin that can cause damage to the kidneys. Because no quantitive guidelines have been set, many companies have citrinin in their finalized product. In testing, citrinin is not detectable at 1ppm (parts per million), so we went even further and had ours tested at 200 ppb (parts per billion), which is the most precise capability of the analytical method being used. This makes Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice extremely safe to use.
Q. How many capsules of Sylvan’s Red Yeast Rice should I take per day?
A. It is suggested to take 2 capsules, 2 times daily or as directed by a qualified health care professional. Do not take more than four capsules per day.
Q. Are there any precautions or interactions?
A. Do not take Red Yeast Rice if you have a history of, or are at risk of, liver disease. Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing. Red Yeast Rice should not be taken with other cholesterol-lowering medications known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins).
In addition, grapefruit products should be avoided, and Red Yeast Rice should not be consumed by people who are allergic to soy or rice products.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.