Whoever controls oil, controls much more than oil’- John Mccain Among all relationships we indulge into, the most important is the one we share with food. It has been known since times immemorial that not only does food replenishes our body but also develops our mental and our spiritual health. They say we become what we eat. It tells us that being extremely picky about what we put inside our bodies is the way to live a wealthy life. One of the widely used food ingredients in every household is oil, the advantages of which are known universally. Imagine what would happen if the goodness of oil is mixed with the goodness of rice, a staple of almost all households in the world. This blog post has been especially designed to make you aware of the wonders of Rice Bran Oil. For those of us who have heard about the versatile rice bran oil for the very first time, it is basically a healthy, edible oil that we extract from the extreme outer layer of rice, also known as the chaff or the husk. It is not a seed- extracted oil, infact it is only derived from the outer layer of the grain.
Rice bran is a byproduct of the rice milling process (the conversion of brown rice to white rice) and contains various antioxidants that impart beneficial effects on human health. It is a rich source of Vitamin-E and other micronutrients to help fight the effects of aging and free radicals which are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. It also improves neurological functioning while balancing the endocrine hormones. When used in making dishes, it leaves no lingering after taste. It mixes better in salad dressings and improves the taste of baked goods and has good nutritional value. Rice bran oil also has a welcoming influence in the world of medicine. It is used in medicines for treating diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, alcoholism, obesity, and AIDS. It helps in preventing stomach and colon cancer, heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) diseases and for strengthening the immune system while increasing energy and improving athletic performance and liver function. It also prevents incidents of strokes and coronary blockage. Some people use rice bran oil for treating allergics kin rashes called eczema. Additionally, rice bran oil, helps in curbing hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. A study titled Rice Bran Oil-‘The Age Old Oil’ authored by Maulishree Jhawer, Dr Enozia Vakil found that 90% of women who consumed rice bran oil daily found relief in menopausal symptoms due to improved hormonal balance.
Lastly, despite being high in calories, it caters to weight loss which is the no. 1 concern of most people across the world in the current years. It is also safe for consumption during pregnancy but it is advisable to consult a doctor before using it as each case is different from the other. We believe that oil can act as a lubricant for our bodies if we allow it to act as one. What oil you choose to bless yourself with is one of the most important decisions you will ever take, make sure you take it wisely. You know oil matters because it always comes on top, even when mixed with water.