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Cholesterol-lowering dietary supplement may cause liver, muscle injury

Red yeast rice (RYR), also referred to as red yeast rice extract (RYRE) , is a dietary supplement ingredient touted to help lower cholesterol, and is often recommended as an alternative treatment for people who cannot tolerate statin side effects. But a new study found that RYR may not be a good option for statin-intolerant people because it has been linked to muscle injury and liver injury – both adverse events that can occur with statins therapy. Statins are a prescribed medication, and patients are generally monitored by a medical professional while taking the drugs. If blood tests reveal elevated liver enzymes ... Read More