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- Nguyen, Thu; Karl, Mitchell; Santini, Antonello
- Foods 2017 v.6 no.3
- Food and Drug Administration; Monascus purpureus; bioactive compounds; blood; cholesterol; consumer information; cuisine; fermentation; food safety; hyperlipidemia; lovastatin; marketing; monacolins; red yeast rice; traditional medicine
- ... Red yeast rice (RYR), produced by the fermentation of the Monascus purpureus mold, has been used for a long time in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. It consists of multiple bioactive substances, including monacolins, which potentially can be used as a nutraceutical. Monacolin K, which is chemically identical to lovastatin, has been recognized as responsible for the cholesterolreducing effec ...