6 Wonderful Rice Bran Oil Benefits

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

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The health benefits of rice bran oil include its ability to help lower cholesterol, boost the immune system, prevent certain types of cancer, improve skin health, promote weight loss, relieve menopausal symptoms, protect heart health, increase cognitive strength, and lower allergic reactions.

What is Rice Bran Oil?

Rice bran oil is an increasingly 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. In terms of similarity to other vegetable oils, it has a similar composition to that of peanut oil and is healthier than many oils.

Rice bran oil is most commonly used in Asian cultures, including Japan and China, primarily because rice is already a staple food in their cuisines. However, rice bran oil is becoming increasingly popular in other parts of the world because of its relatively low price point and the many health benefits that come from using it in food preparation.

It is most widely praised for its content of vitamin E, ideal fatty acid balance, antioxidant capacity, and cholesterol-lowering abilities. Let’s look a bit closer at some of the health benefits that you can get from rice bran oil.

A jar of bran oil with unmilled rice bran on a wooden table

Nutrition Facts

Oil, rice bran
Serving Size :
NutrientValue
Water [g]0
Energy [kcal]884
Protein [g]0
Total lipid (fat) [g]100
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]0
Fiber, total dietary [g]0
Sugars, total [g]0
Calcium, Ca [mg]0
Iron, Fe [mg]0.07
Magnesium, Mg [mg]0
Phosphorus, P [mg]0
Potassium, K [mg]0
Sodium, Na [mg]0
Zinc, Zn [mg]0
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]0
Thiamin [mg]0
Riboflavin [mg]0
Niacin [mg]0
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0
Folate, DFE [µg]0
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]0
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]32.3
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]24.7
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]19.7
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]39.3
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]35
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Health Benefits of Rice Bran Oil

Rice bran oil has various health benefits as mentioned below.

Prevents Menopausal Issues

Research has been conducted on an extract of rice bran oil in terms of how it affects menopausal women. More than 90% of the women who took the supplement reported a reduction in hot flashes and other irritating symptoms of menopause that all women eventually suffer from. The same benefits are suggested by women using rice bran oil on their own as well.

Controls Cholesterol Levels

The World Health Organization and the American Heart Association have both stated that rice bran oil has the best possible composition of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and saturated fats compared to all other vegetable oils. This balance of fatty acids means that the cholesterol levels in your body can actually be reduced because the beneficial forms of cholesterol actually inhibit the LDL or bad forms of cholesterol from bonding in the body. This can help reduce conditions like atherosclerosis and the subsequent afflictions like heart attacks and strokes. Who knew that changing the cooking oil you use could protect your heart so well!

May Help Prevent Cancer

Rice and its by-products are long been evaluated for their ability to lower the risk of cancer.

The Faculty of Pharmacy, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, in recent research, has found that rice bran oil demonstrates a unique potential to prevent colorectal cancer. It shows that this effect is seen simply by including the oil in your diet.

Numerous studies also suggest that rice bran oil has shown cancer chemopreventive activity against breast cancer and skin cancer.

The International Journal of Molecular Sciences has published a research study in 2017 stating that rice bran oil plays a role in the chemoprevention of gastrointestinal cancer. It is able to inhibit cell proliferation as well as reduce inflammation.

Delays Aging

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is directly connected to the health and wellness of the skin. Free radicals can attack the skin cells and increase the signs of premature aging. Rice bran oil can increase your levels of vitamin E, which can speed up wound healing, increase cellular regeneration, smoothen the skin, reduce wrinkles, and provide protection from sunburn. Vitamin E also helps boost the protective quality of skin cells, keeping foreign toxins and pathogens from entering through the skin.

Health benefits of rice bran oil - infographic

Prevents Allergic Reactions

Rice bran oil is hypoallergenic in nature. The oil will not cause any allergic reactions when used in cooking, and can also calm existing allergic reaction in the body. It can also prevent hypersensitivity to other unusual allergens.

Weight Loss

Although rice bran oil is technically high in calories, the viscosity of this oil ensures that the food absorbs only about 20% of the oil. When less oil is absorbed, the food still retains the flavor and gets the health benefits of the rice bran oil, but the total caloric intake is less than other vegetable oils, so rice bran oil is probably your best choice if you’re worried about your weight.

Word of Caution: Rice bran oil is high in fiber, which can improve digestion unless you have an existing gastrointestinal condition. The fiber 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. Furthermore, be careful about the amount of rice bran oil you consume, as it is high in calories. Only use rice bran oil for cooking when you need it and in moderation!

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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