What Are the Health Benefits of Rice Bran?

What Are the Health Benefits of Rice Bran?

There is strong evidence that rice bran reduces high cholesterol levels, prevents kidney stones, reduces the risk of stomach cancer and treats allergic skin rash. There are varying degrees of evidence suggesting that rice bran offers other health benefits and successfully treats other ailments, according to WebMD.

Stabilized rice bran is a source of dietary fiber, which reduces the risk of heart disease by helping control body weight and blood sugar levels, as explained by SFGate.

Stabilized rice bran serves as a good source of essential minerals and provides a generous amount of manganese and phosphorus, which support healthy bones, according to SFGate. Additionally, manganese promotes healthy brain function, and phosphorus assists with cell communication.

Rice bran also increases magnesium and iron levels. Magnesium promotes healthy cell communication, and iron produces red blood cells. Additionally, both minerals boost metabolism by helping cells produce energy, according to SFGate. The grain also contains vitamin B-5, which plays an important role in brain function, and vitamin B-6, which helps nerves communicate and plays a role in red blood cell production.

Rice bran is an antioxidant and supports a healthy immune system. It is also used to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, alcoholism and other conditions, but the overall effectiveness in these areas is still being evaluated as of 2015, as reported by WebMD.