Hi Cynthia, I have been taking Red Yeast Rice for my elevated cholesterol for a number of years and now have a pretty severe yeast infection. Should I not be taking this supplement? Thanks,Betsy.
I couldn’t say whether the red yeast rice caused the yeast infection, but it would probably aggravate or perpetuate a problem that exists.
Red yeast rice is created by fermenting rice and producing a strain of yeast on the rice. So we are talking about ingesting a fungus. For that reason, it’s not a product I would take. Fermented products tend to be problematic for most people with a Candida problem.
It is unlikely that red yeast rice was the sole cause. A diet that includes sugar, white flour and other refined foods, antibiotics, the birth control pill and environmental toxins would be the main contributors. However, since you now have a yeast problem, then the red rice yeast will probably need to be discontinued.
Other natural therapies that are effective for reducing cholesterol include walnuts, pantethine and garlic and these substances wouldn’t feed Candida. Removing sugar from the diet will help not only with the Candida but the cholesterol as well. So you may want to talk to your physician about incorporating these steps into your cholesterol management plan.