Inflammation Fighter: Black Rice Bran

ALBANY, Calif., Oct. 22 (UPI) — Black rice bran may help fight disease-related inflammation, U.S. and South Korean researchers say.

Mendel Friedman of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Albany, Calif., and Sun Phil Choi of Ajou University in Suwon, South Korea, and colleagues report animal study evidence that demonstrates a little-known variety of rice may soothe the inflammation that characterize allergies, asthma and other diseases.


The study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, found black rice bran extract reduced skin inflammation in laboratory mice by 32 percent versus control animals. It also reduces production of inflammation-promoting substances. The researchers noted brown rice bran did not have the same effects.

The study “further demonstrate the potential value of black rice bran as an anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic food ingredient and possibly also as a therapeutic agent for the treatment and prevention of diseases associated with chronic inflammation,” the study authors said in a statement.

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