Stabilized Rice Bran

Stabilized rice bran contains over 100 different antioxidants, high in  B vitamins, vitamin E, Minerals, proteins, omega 3’s and 6 fatty acids, phytosterols, tocotrienols, Polyphenols, soluble and insoluble fiber, ferulic acid and gamma-oryzanol why have we not heard about this super food before?

Rice comes in 2 forms, brown rice which we know is the healthy and white rice which is the most consumed form of rice today.  A rice grain is made up of an outside husk layer, a bran layer, and the endosperm. The husk layer helps protect the grain kernel from insect and fungal attack. When the husk is removed, the rice is called brown rice. Brown rice contains the bran layer and the endosperm. When rice is milled the bran layer is removed to make white rice. It is this layer that is removed that is the center of stabilized rice bran and the nutritional benefits it offers. The problem with rice is that the brown part (the bran) which contains all the nutritional benefits contains lipase. This enzyme lipase starts to make the bran rancid within about 1 hr. making the bran not useable for human consumption. When stabilized the lipase is denatured within the rice bran giving it a shelf life of 1 year and fully consumable for human consumption.

Ok, so why is stabilized rice bran so good for you and can you get the same nutrition just from eating brown rice? First, like many foods cooking denatures the nutrients and proteins rendering them useless for the body to use. I remember a few years ago the New England Journal of Medicine came out with a study of the benefits of blueberry’s and its effect on lowering cholesterol. It’s true the bioflavonoids in blueberries can help lower cholesterol however the amount you need to eat to lower cholesterol you would need blueberries in your diet on a daily basis. All foods especially fruits and vegetables have sources of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The concentrations needed on a daily basis to give therapeutic benefits , you would need to eat every fruit and vegetable on a daily basis.

Stabilized rice bran is a concentrate of just the bran of the rice formed into a power and or oil. SBR contains over 100 different antioxidants, rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, Minerals, proteins, high in omega 3’s and 6 fatty acids, phytosterols, tocotrienols, Polyphenols, soluble and insoluble fiber, ferulic acid and gamma-oryzanol just to mention a few of the nutritional components. I’m sure your all just saying wow sounds good but what can it do for me and what the heck is gamma oryzanol and the other things in this stuff.

Before I get into what phytosterols and the rest, the benefits of taking stabilized rice bran are:

  • It is gluten free
  • It is lactose free
  • Has no cholesterol
  • No zero trans fat
  • Superior for health maintenance
  • Low-glycemic food value
  • Great for weight loss management
  • Helps maintain energy levels
  • Helps support the immune system
  • Helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and in some studies can help reduce cholesterols which makes it great for heart health support.
  • Helps to maintain blood sugar levels and in some studies has helped to reduce blood glucose levels.

Let’s break down stabilized rice bran into some of its components. I’m going to touch on the components I feel are the most important.

Phytosterols: These are natural chemicals found in plants, vegetable oils, nuts and legumes. There are many of them also. Phytosterols can help lower cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the intestines. The FDA has allowed the following statement to be true regarding phytosterols. “Foods containing at least 0.4 gram per serving of plant sterols, eaten twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 gram, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” Sterols can reduce cholesterol by 10-15%.

Food Sources Total Sterol Content (mg/100g)
Oils
Rice Oil 1055
Corn 952
Wheat germ 553
Flax Seed 338
Cottonseed 327
Soybean 221
Peanut 206
Olive 176

Tocotrienols is part of the vitamin E family of essential nutrients for the human body and is considered a needed antioxidant for the body to combat oxidative stress and free radical damage. I can write a whole article on oxidative stress and free radicals which many researchers believe leans to inflammatory diseases and by ridding the body of free radicals you will live healthier and longer. Besides there antioxidant qualities tocotrienols can help prevent stroke help to lower cholesterol can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and may help prevent certain types of cancers.

Ferulic acid is a phenol found in plant walls it’s considered a potent antioxidant. Like all antioxidants it binds free radicals helping to reduce oxidative stress which can lead to DNA damage, cancer,  premature aging and other inflammatory issues causing poor health and disease.

Polyphenols There are over 4,000 different Polyphenols, their found in most fruits and vegetables, green teas and grains. They are antioxidant in nature helping to maintain good cardiovascular health and binding into free radicals and helping to reduce oxidative stress to the human body. Again oxidative stress which produces free radicals has been associated with the causation of disease including cancers.

Gama –Oryzanol Gamma oryzanol is a mixture of ferulic acid esters of sterols and triterpene alcohols, extracted from rice bran oil. Gama Oryzanol stimulates the release of endorphins the body’s so-called “feel good” hormones. These hormones stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain, and this stimulation results in an elevation of mood. While not as effective as some prescription pharmaceuticals used to treat depression, gamma oryzanol can significantly improve mood. Gamma Oryzanol has been proven to have very strong antioxidant activity and one study showed that it was up to ten times stronger than vitamin E for scavenging free radicals and preventing tissue damage that results from oxidative stress. High LDL levels or high levels of low density lipoproteins “bad cholesterol“ is one contributing factor to hypertension or high blood pressure. Gamma Oryzanol has been used as a treatment for high cholesterol levels, and science shows that it may work at reducing blood pressure by increasing HDL high density lipoprotein – the so-called “good” cholesterol levels. Gamma oryzanol may boost strength, increase muscle gain, reduce body fat, speed recovery and reduce post-exercise soreness. Gamma oryzanol also has been proven effective to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and aging syndromes.

Stabilized rice bran is a super food. It can help control or lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels making it very good fighting coronary heart disease and diabetes. It is high in antioxidants, fighting oxidative stress to the human body. High in proteins, minerals and antioxidants adding stabilized rice bran to your diet will allow your body to fight off the effects of free radical damage bring better quality of health to you and perhaps allow you to live longer and healthier.

If you would want more information on studies done please e-mail me at drgold@tricitychiro.com