- Latin Name: Monascus Purpureus
- CAS No.: 75330-75-5
- Active Ingredient: Monacolin K
- Specifications: 0,4% – 1,5% – 3% -5%
- Test Method: HPLC
Red Rice is obtained from the fermentation of the common table rice (Oryza Sativa), thanks to a particular yeast called Monascus Purpureus or Red Yeast thatm during it’s fermentation activity, is enriched by a group of 14 substances, named Monacoline. Among these there is Monacolin K, that reproduces lovastatin’s chemical structure and pharmacological action. It also works through inhibition of HMG-CoA reductase, key enzyme in the biosynthesis of cholesterol.
The use of Chinese Red Rice has increased exponentially in recent years to the western public interest in alternative and complementary medicine.
Red Rice is a food indicated for preventing constipation and to facilitate digestion, thanks to the abundance of dietary fibre.
It has a good content of antioxidants, this property gives benefits to the skin. In particular, it delays the onset of wrinkles and protects against UVA rays.
The magnesium content is very good for healthy bones, its lack can lead to osteoporosis and low bone density.
There are several studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Red Rice in the reductions of bad cholesterol. The active component responsible for these benefits is Monacolin K, this compound behaves exactly in the same way of medicines used to lower cholesterol.