Red Yeast Rice is a fermented product made from white rice on which a strain of Red Yeast called Monascus purpureus has been grown. Monascus purpureus is a healthy yeast which is responsible for the natural red coloring. Red Yeast Rice is a natural product that contains many plant-based compounds, such as sterols and fibers.
Red Yeast Rice helps maintain healthy blood lipid levels, cardiovascular function as well as an increase in blood circulation.
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It has been historically used in China as a coloring agent for foods and medicines. Previously a traditional favorite in Asia, red yeast rice has struck a popular chord with Americans because of its ability to help maintain healthy blood lipid levels.