Red Yeast Rice

A natural alternative for cholesterol support

  • Provides antioxidants for optimal health
  • Toxin-free statin alternative
  • Guaranteed free from monacolin K and statin-associated side effects
  • Free from toxic byproduct citrinin
Gluten Free
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Red Yeast Rice (RYR) has been used in food and traditional medicine for thousands of years in China for cardiovascular support. An extract from RYR has been fermented with the yeast Monascus purpureus, which creates compounds that have been clinically shown to inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Unlike many other red yeast rice supplements on the market, AOR’s Red Yeast Rice with Ankascin 568-R is subjected to a patented extraction process that removes citrinin, a toxic by-product of the fermentation process. Most RYR products on the market also contain monacolin K, a compound that is associated with side effects similar to statin drugs. These side effects can include myopathy, muscle pain and weakness, and rhabdomyolysis, a condition in which muscle fibres break down, releasing harmful substances into the bloodstream which can affect the liver and kidneys.

AOR Advantage

AOR’s Red Yeast Rice is the world’s first RYR product that does not contain any monacolin K or citrinin. Additionally, AOR has standardized the amount of biologically active pigments monascin and ankaflavin, which have been studied for their cholesterol-lowering activity.




Red Yeast Rice (RYR) has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for good health. RYR provides antioxidants which support heart health. AOR’s RYR is one of the only supplements guaranteed to be free from lovastatin and citrinin (a harmful toxin common to many other RYR supplements).


AOR™ guarantees that all ingredients have been declared on the label. Contains no wheat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sulphites, mustard, dairy, eggs, fish or shellfish.

Adult Dosage

Take one capsule one to two times per day with food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.


Do not use if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Consult a qualified health care practitioner prior to use if you are breastfeeding, suffering from liver or kidney disease, have received an organ transplant, if you are taking other medication; particularly cyclosporine, blood thinners, blood lipid lowering medications, blood pressure medications or antidiabetic drugs, or for use beyond eight weeks. If you experience muscle pain, tenderness and/or weakness, discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner.

Main Applications
  • Antioxidant
  • Heart Health

The information and product descriptions appearing on this website are for information purposes only, and are not intended to provide or replace medical advice to individuals from a qualified health care professional. Consult with your physician if you have any health concerns, and before initiating any new diet, exercise, supplement, or other lifestyle changes.

Serving Size: One Capsule

Non-medicinal Ingredients: Microcrystalline cellulose, corn starch

Capsule: hypromellose, sodium copper chlorophyllin.


In a double-blind clinical trial, 90 patients with high cholesterol were randomized to receive one of three treatments: 1) 800mg phytosterols, 2) standardized red yeast rice, or 3) a combination of both 1 and 2. After eight weeks of treatment the group given red yeast rice had significant reductions in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and apolipoprotein B (an LDL cholesterol molecule most associated with “bad cholesterol”). Group 3 had similar results, but group 1, given only the phytosterols, showed no significant changes. Red yeast rice was observed to have positive cholesterol-lowering actions in patients with high cholesterol, but even more so when combined with phytosterols.

Two of the pigments found in red yeast rice, monascin and ankalflavin, were tested in an animal study of high cholesterol. Hamsters were fed a high cholesterol diet for six weeks before treatment. Monaskin and ankaflavin administration resulted in a similar cholesterol-lowering activity compared to monacolin K. Total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels were all significantly decreased after treatment. Additionally ankaflavin was shown to help prevent fatty liver and the accumulation of lipid plaque in the heart aorta.

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 52 doctors and their spouses, who had elevated cholesterol levels, were randomized to receive a red yeast rice extract for eight weeks. Baseline and post-treatment blood work was measured and researchers reported that treatment with red yeast rice led to decreased LDL and total cholesterol levels. These changes were significantly greater than in those given placebo.