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Rice bran can prevent cancer: Study

Posted on Dec 07, 03:23PM | UNI

Rice bran offers promising cancer prevention properties, says a new study.

The study, involving four scientists of Indian origin, reported the findings in a recent University of Colorado Cancer Centre review in the international journal Advances in Nutrition titled 'Chemopreventive Properties of Dietary Rice Bran: Current Status and Future Prospects.' Meanwhile, a clinical trial is on to test the effectiveness of rice bran in preventing the recurrence of colon cancer.

It might be recalled that rice bran, abundantly available in the paddy growing countries of Asia, has been found to have a rich source of Vitamin B.

In the olden days, people used to make cakes with jiggery mixed with fine rice bran as a source of auxiliary food for all, offering enough strength at no cost.

Scientists later evolved technology to extract oil from the rice bran, which has however not be in wider use with no publicity given like the rival companies manufacturing saffron oil.

''While I have been trained as a molecular toxicologist, I am excited about the opportunities to deliver bioactive, cancer fighting compounds with food, and this has led to my focus now primarily on the multiple drug-like characteristics of rice bran," says Elizabeth P Ryan, CU Cancer Centre investigator, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at the CSU Animal Cancer Centre, and the review's senior author.