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Can red yeast rice supplements affect kidney function?

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Dr. Suresh Heijebu

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2010

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Posted on Thu, 6 Sep 2018 in General Health
Question: I few weeks ago I received an e-mail from WebMD about how yeast negatively affects our body. It stated that Red Yeast Rice can cause damage to kidneys. My doctor suggested that I take Red Yeast Rice supplements to lower my LDL. Will taking Red Yeast Rice supplements cause damage to my kidneys?
Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Advisable to stop further intake of red yeast rice.

Detailed Answer:


I have worked through your attached query in detail.

The results with red yeast rice have not been satisfactory. Hence I advise you to avoid their intake since sufficient evidence is lacking.

As of now there wouldn't be any damage to your health.

But I advice you to stop taking red yeast rice.

I hope it helps.

Take care.

Dr. Suresh Heijebu, General & Family Physician
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