My name is Kacy Grossman, and today we will be talking about rice extract and cholesterol. Rice extract is also known as red yeast rice extract and is a substance that has been extracted from rice that has been fermented by a certain kind of yeast. This is used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as sold in supplemental form to treat high cholesterol. This substance is also classified as a drug by the FDA and used in cholesterol medications. Because red yeast rice extract is considered both a supplement and a drug there has been some controversy about ways that it can be sold. Recently the FDA required that stores pull supplemental forms of this from the shelf because it is considered a drug and therefore needs to be regulated on like supplements. Some short term studies have shown that supplemental forms of red yeast rice extract are effective at lowering cholesterol. However because supplements are not regulated by the FDA it's difficult to tell how much is safe of this and how much is available in each type of supplement. More long term research is needed to determine if this substance can be sold in supplemental form, how much is needed to have the same effect on cholesterol as perhaps it's medication counterpart and if this should be sold over the counter. If you decide to take red yeast rice extract as a supplement make sure to consult with your doctor.