In the last couple of decades, several studies by health research organizations have discovered that Rice Bran Oil is indeed a super oil which is not only fit for human consumption, but also offers numerous health benefits.
Rice bran oil, extracted from bran which is the thin, skin-like outer covering of the rice grain, is naturally rich in Vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant, and is needed for immune health and cellular signalling in our bodies.
Rice Bran Oil is also referred to as Oryza Sativa by the scientific community and is a popular cooking medium in Asian countries, especially India, Bangladesh, Japan and China.
Vitamin E in Rice Bran Oil
Rice Bran Oil comprises 29% of the daily value for vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin that is involved in our immune function and blood vessel health. Vitamin E helps to heal wounds, reduces wrinkles, protects from sunburn, and increases cell regeneration.
The oil is a rich source of antioxidants present in various forms of vitamin E. The antioxidant property of Vitamin E helps to fight against free radicals (the dangerous compounds or by-products of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. They are called free radicals because they are loose electrons that can damage cells) in the body and neutralizes them.
Antioxidants not only neutralize the excess of free radicals but also protect cells against their toxic effects. They also contribute to disease prevention. As a result of the consumption of Rice Bran Oil, there is a marked reduction in the chances of developing various types of cancers, diabetes, and heart diseases.
The high Vitamin E content in Rice Bran Oil also helps in boosting the protective quality of skin cells, by keeping foreign toxins and pathogens away and discouraging them from entering the skin.
Vitamin E that is present in Rice Bran Oil also acts as an immunity booster and helps our body to fight against infection and diseases. The oil is also known to keep weight under check, so it is recommended that anyone who is planning to adopt a weight management plan should include rice bran oil in their diet plan. Rice Bran Oil is also ideal for people with histamine intolerance and is listed as a safe food for sufferers of Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT).
Tocopherol and tocotrienol, also forms of Vitamin E, are found in Rice Bran Oil. Although research suggests that only tocopherol (the form of vitamin E that the body needs to function efficiently) can correct vitamin E deficiency, scientists suggest that people who are interested in getting better benefits from their vitamin E intake should choose Rice Bran Oil which contains both tocopherols and tocotrienols. Vitamin E in the form of tocopherol is directly connected to skin health and helps to keep our skin soft, supple, and glowing
The oil is rich in phytosterols, polyphenols, and squalene which block cholesterol from being absorbed. Rice Bran Oil is considered to be “heart-friendly” and is recommended as part of a diet that is aimed at lowering cholesterol.