October 20, 2010
Black Rice Bran May Help Fight Disease-Related Inflammation
Scientists are reporting evidence that black rice "” a little-known variety of the grain that is the staple food for one-third of the world population "” may help soothe the inflammation involved in allergies, asthma, and other diseases. Their study appears in ACS' bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Mendel Friedman and colleagues point out that their previous research showed several potential health benefits of eating black rice bran. Bran is the outer husk of the grain, which is removed during the processing of brown rice to produce the familiar white rice. Those experiments, which were done in cell cultures, hinted that black rice bran suppressed the release of histamine, which causes inflammation.
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