Red yeast rice is the product of yeast ( Monascus purpureus ) grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis.
WARNING: Do not use if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding because using this product may cause birth defects. If you are taking any medications or have any medical condition, consult your doctor before use. Avoid this product if you have liver disease. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur including muscle pain or weakness, rash or gastrointestinal discomfort. Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18.