Please read the article in today's copy of mail, health section, by Doctor.
Red yeast rice is used in Chinese medicine to lower cholesterol and can be bought as a supplement from health food shops.
It contains a powerful natural chemical, monacolin K, which is used in statins, as well as plant sterols (which stop cholesterol being absorbed by the gut).
'Red yeast may cause side-effects, but these are less likely, so a supplement may be an option if you're unable to tolerate statins - but don't take it if you're on statins,' says Dr Carl Shakespeare, consultant cardiologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich.
'Also, the plant sterols you get from eating a single apple a day can lower cholesterol by 20 per cent, and this may be cheaper.'
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