‘Consumer is not sufficiently informed of the risks using red yeast rice’
Consumers are insufficiently aware of the possible dangers of the dietary supplement red yeast rice, warns bijwerkingencentrum Lareb Wednesday. The centre sees an increase in the number of complaints after use.
Red yeast rice, that is for sale in the Netherlands under many brand names at drugstores and natural food shop, is a traditional Chinese food produced by fermentation of rice.
One of the main active substances in the supplement is a natural statin, a cholesterol reducer. Doctors write that prescription for.
Lareb received sixteen reports of side effects after the use of red yeast rice. The complaints range from muscle pain and gastro – intestinal disorders, to severe symptoms such as muscle atrophy, pancreatitis, and derangement of the clotting time of blood.