Some red yeast extract supplements from Japan are harmful. Probiotics in kombucha produce metabolic benefits. Eggs do not increase cholesterol levels. Many CBD products don’t contain the advertised amount of CBD.

Every week we discover inspiring, informative, and sometimes shocking health-related news. From new studies to insightful analysis, here is what you need to know this week:

  • Red yeast extract supplement from Japan has caused five deaths and over one hundred hospitalized patients. Kobayashi Pharmaceutical in Japan is under investigation to determine the cause of the adverse effects. The Kobayashi supplement ingredients are sold to other producers across the world. Reuters
  • Probiotics in kombucha have been found to have positive metabolic impact. New research shows that microbes found in kombucha teas and other drinks make changes to fat metabolism that is similar to fasting, reducing triglyceride levels and creating smaller lipid droplets. PLoS Genetics
  • Eggs may not increase cholesterol levels. A new study shows that regular consumption of eggs did not have an impact on HDL and LDL cholesterol levels when compared to people who consumed little or no eggs. American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) products have varying amounts of CBD and may not reduce pain. New research shows that many CBD products do not have the advertised amount of CBD. Additionally, pain relief effects were not present in most of the evaluated clinical trials. The Journal of Pain