Red yeast rice has been used in China for centuries as both a food and a medicinal substance. It is made by fermenting rice with one yeast called Monascus purpureus Went. In Chinese medicine, red yeast rice is used to promote blood circulation, soothe upset stomach, and invigorate the function of the spleen, a body organ that destroys old blood cells and filters foreign substances. Recently, it has been discovered that red yeast rice contains Lovastatin which can lower cholesterol.
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