With so many different oils to choose from, which one do we use? I know it can be a little confusing at times to know what is best, as there is so much conflicting information out there.
However, rice bran oil is becoming a more well known and popular vegetable oil that offers many advantages over standard vegetable oils that millions of people commonly cook with all over the world.
Rice is one of the most widely available and popular foodstuffs on the planet, and rice bran oil is extracted from the germ and the husk of rice kernels. It has a very high smoke point, which is why it is commonly used in high-temperature cooking methods, such as stir-frying and deep frying.
If you are familiar with this oil you will be aware that rice bran oil is most commonly used in Asian cultures, including Japan and China, primarily because rice is already such a staple food in their cuisines.
I think rice bran oil is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world now because of its relatively low cost, and we are all becoming wise to the hundreds of fabulous health benefits that come from using it in food preparation.
So, what are the health benefits of rice bran oil? Firstly it can have the ability to help lower cholesterol, but it can also greatly boost the immune system, and also has been linked to helping with the prevention of cancer.
It has great benefits for your appearance too, as it can help improve the condition of your hair, nails and skin, and contribute to promoting weight loss. It is also proving to be fundamental in relieving menopausal symptoms, as well as protecting your heart health, increase cognitive strength (brain power) and lower allergic reactions.
Research has been conducted on an extract of rice bran oil in terms of how it affects menopausal women. More than 90 per cent of women who took the supplement reported a reduction in hot flashes and other irritating symptoms of menopause. This is a very high percentage and for anyone who is suffering out there, I would highly recommend you give this a try.
Rice bran oil is a rich source of antioxidants, both in various forms of vitamin E, as well as compounds such as oryzanol. There is a lot of vitamin E in this oil, including both tocopherol and tocotrienol.
Vitamin E functions as an antioxidant, which means that free radicals in the body are neutralised. Free radicals are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. Therefore, keeping a steady flow of antioxidants coming into the body is essential for reducing your chances of developing various types of cancer.
There is, however, one word of warning though, so please be cautious… Rice bran oil is high in fibre, which can help some digestive conditions improve. However, the fibre can block up the gastrointestinal tract further if you are already suffering from ulcers or any other condition that narrows your digestive tract for any reason. So, if you know you have these conditions please use in moderation and with caution. Slowly, slowly!