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Does taking Red Yeast Rice lower my cholesterol levels over placebo if I have high cholesterol?
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Red Yeast Rice is probably the most studied natural supplement for cholesterol. It can modestly reduce cholesterol levels but has not been studied to actually save you from a heart attack like the statin medications prescribed by your doctor. The dose is 2-3 grams of the supplement daily in order to be effective. That’s a lot of capsules, by the way. 😉
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