If you are looking to level up your cooking and amp up your health quotient, you’re in luck. Because there is oil you can turn to. Surprised? Before you write it off, hear us out.A part myth floating around is that oil = unhealthy. Of course, oil should be embraced in moderation and some cooking oils can truly be a health menace but choosing wisely and in reasonable amounts can help turn this myth on its head and be put to good use. This is where rice bran oil comes into the picture.A plant oil, rice bran oil contains Gamma Oryzanol, a blend of antioxidant compounds. It is the star element that has elevated rice bran oil’s position on the health charts. From fighting anxiety to reducing inflammation to lowering blood glucose to improving muscle strength to preventing aging, the list of its benefits is only growing as more research is being carried out. But the standout benefit of Gamma Oryzanol is its effectiveness in managing elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Here’s how:
- Gamma oryzanol obstructs the uptake of cholesterol by the cells of the gut
- It brings down HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that fosters the production of cholesterol
- Itboosts the removal of cholesterol by enhancing conversion of cholesterol to sterols and fecal bile acids
Overall, it serves in bringing about that perfect balance between the good and the bad sides of cholesterol. It keeps your body running right by lowering total serum cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and increasing high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL). The former type of cholesterol has earned the wrath of nutritionists and doctors because it builds up in arteries, restricts blood flow and causes arteries to rupture so strokes and heart attacks can come knocking. HDL, though, acts like a sanitation truck, transporting LDL from places it can cause havoc, such as the blood and carting it to the liver where it can be utilized to make Vitamin D, bile, and other important components. It can also help ward away infections. So, Gamma Oryzanol is a health promoter in its own right. At the outset, this constituent makes rice bran oil among the healthiest cooking oils. Given all the nuances of cholesterol and how gamma oryzanol influences the body to selectively restrict and increase production of the bad and the good fat respectively, the Freedom Physically Refined Rice Bran Oil was processed to ensure it retains the highest levels of Oryzanol (every 100 g of oil contains 10,000+ ppm/l000mg of Oryzanol) ensuring your body is armed with just the right amount of Oryzanol at normal consumption levels in all kinds of Indian recipes.