Edible Oils

Rice Bran Oil Benefits

Rice Bran Oil has been awarded as the healthiest oil in the world. It provides us with an array of health benefits over normal vegetable oils. It is extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice.

The oil was first introduced for edible purpose. It has been made commercially available in the United States by RITO (1994). It has a very appealing nut-like flavor and has a very good fry-life. The constitution of rice bran oil is very similar to that of peanut oil, but it is much healthier than that.

Why Rice Barn oil

It is usually used chiefly in Asian, Japanese, and Chinese countries. Now, this oil has become much more popular in other countries as well, due to the low price and high availability. In addition, this oil has many health boons, which have scored up its popularity. The most remarkable feature of the oil is the high content of components gamma-oryzanol and tocotrienols, with high nutraceutical (nutritional) value. The nutraceutical comparison of rice bran oil with the other competitors as follows, the differences are obvious:

Rice bran oil Nutritional Facts

Nutritional data for Rice bran oil measuring 10 ml

Calories (only from fat)88
Total Fat10 grams
Saturated Fat2 grams
Trans FatNil
Total CarbohydrateNil
Dietary FiberNil
Vitamin E3.2 mg
Vitamin K2.5 mcg

Where to Use Rice Bran Oil

Rice bran oil has wide applications. Few of them are enlisted here:


Rice bran oil can be used for cooking variety of dishes, it is most popularly used in stir frying, deep frying, making variety of snacks and margarine.

Pet Health Supplements

It has also been found that rice bran oil has a potential benefit of being included in pet diets. The following are the potential improvements by including the oil in animal diets:

  • Rice bran oil has several antioxidant properties.
  • It accelerates muscle development and growth.
  • It improves cardiovascular health in animals by reducing harmful LDL cholesterol.
  • It increases the stamina and physical performance in animals. It is hence very beneficial for athletic animals.
  • Rice bran oil is said to inhibit UV rays during sun over exposure. Thus, many side effects are reduced.
  • It renders protection to the animal coats.
  • Minor class of compounds in rice bran oil is said to exhibit anti cancer activities and reduce the chances of cancer in a pet.
  • It has a good proportion of fatty acids important of animal health.

Rice Bran Oil Benefits

The health benefits of rice bran oil have made it the most sought after kitchen counter product. The following are a few:

Cholesterol control

The WHO has defined rice bran oil has the best components of saturated fats in comparison to the other counterpart oils. The presence of balanced fatty acids can effectively reduce cholesterol. It reduces the fat deposition around the cardiac vessels and atherosclerosis, which further reduces the potentialities of suffering from cardiac arrests and strokes.

Premature Aging

Rice bran oil has a high content of Vitamin E and it is known to impact premature aging. Vitamin E (Tocopherol) is also renowned factor in reducing cancer in humans. Tocopherol increases cellular regeneration, reduces wrinkles, protect from sun burn and prevent free radicals and oxidants from attacking the skin. Also the oil improves the skin quality.

Menopausal Issues

Women who include rice bran oil in diet during menopause have reduced complaints of hot flashes and other bothersome symptoms of menopause.

Allergic Reactions

Rice bran oil has a unique component called the hypoallergenic. It means when you have rice bran oil, it will not cause any allergic reaction and will also calm down the allergic reactions in your body.

Weight loss

The oil, in spite of having high calories and fat constituents, has the ability of controlling weight gain. Owing to its viscosity, the oil is not absorbed by food prepared in it. However, the health benefits and the flavor will be retained in the food reducing the calorific value of the food.

A Word of Caution

Due to the high amount of calories, it is advisable to use the oil in moderation and only when needed.

Side effects of Rice Bran Oil

Some people experience following adverse effects after regular consumption of rice bran oil. However, these symptoms, appear after consumption, are not very serious, but they can cause some discomfort.

  • Gas or flatulence
  • Stomach discomfort

To avoid these symptoms, one can use other oil or olive oil mixed with rice bran oil.

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Dr. Jagdev Singh

Dr. Jagdev Singh is a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Herbalist with B.A.M.S. and M. Sc. in Medicinal Plants. He has a wealth of experience in using Ayurveda to treat patients, including the use of herbal medicine and personalized Ayurvedic diets. His passion for spreading accurate and scientific information about Ayurveda and Medicinal Plants led him to create Ayur Times, a trusted resource for those seeking reliable information on the topic. Through his dedicated work, Dr. Singh has helped thousands of patients find relief and improve their health with Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine.
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