Red yeast rice contains several compounds known as monacolins – constituents shown to reduce cholesterol. The first statin drug known as Mevacor is actually monacolin K – a red yeast rice ingredient. Monacolin K is a potent inhibitor of the enzyme in the liver that synthesizes cholesterol. Red yeast rice is made by fermenting rice with yeast and is often used in cooking in Asia.
Many Americans are familiar with collagen cosmetics, applying them to their face to fill in fine lines and improve skin hydration. However, Collagen works much better when you swallow it and it is starting a cultural wave of beauty use under the slogan “beauty from within.”
Professor Paul Montgomery of Oxford University discussed preliminary data from the Oxford University DOLAB Study at the Food And Behavior Research Symposium (FAB Research) held this month in London. According to the findings consuming omega-3 fats from fish or from supplements helps improve the quality of sleep in children.
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