The rice bran oil is a vegetable oil that is extracted from the seed of the rice plant. This type of oil has interesting beneficial properties for the body, indeed it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins, including E, and has anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolemic and anti-aging effects. Scientific studies, such as the work published in 1980 on the journal Endocrinologia japonica, have highlighted the ability of rice bran oil to balance thyroid hormones in case of hypothyroidism.
In addition to this, this oil has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system, in fact the rice bran oil is rich in gamma oryzanol, able to help keep cholesterol under control by lowering the bad cholesterol LDL and raising the good cholesterol HDL, as reported in the research of 2012 performed by a group of scientists of the University of Taiwan and published on Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition.
Moreover, rice bran oil acts by preventing platelet aggregation with a preventative role against the heart attack. For women in menopause rice bran oil helps reduce the related symptoms such as flushing. Thanks to the inflammatory action it is a remedy against the cystitis, it further regulates the intestinal activity. You can use rice bran oil for cooking, it has a neutral taste and a high smoke point, so in Asian cuisine it is the oil used for frying, or it can also be used in place of butter in the preparation of vegan cakes. However, the advice is to use it raw to preserve its properties, so you can use this oil to season the salad or, especially in case of cystitis, a way may be to take every morning 1 teaspoon of rice bran oil with a glass of water. Tis oil is also used in cosmetics, in fact it helps to soothe skin irritation and redness, sunburn, is ideal to apply on the legs after depilation, it moisturizes the skin, even the driest and cracked parts like the elbows, makes the skin softer and more elastic, helps to counteract the formation of wrinkles and stretch marks and acts also as a UV filter. You can apply a few drops on the skin and massage until it is absorbed. Rice bran oil can also be applied as a mask on dried and spotted hair in the following way, on damp hair you can distribute the oil on all the lengths, let this mask rest for half an hour then rinse with shampoo, this treatment will help strengthen the hair.