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Will taking red yeast rice supplements cause damage to my kidneys?

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Dr. Suresh Heijebu

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Posted on Fri, 10 Aug 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?
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu 42 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Advisable to stop further intake of red yeast rice

Detailed Answer:

Hello Madam.

Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’.

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.

Post your further queries if any.

Thank you.
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