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Rice Bran

How does Rice Bran work?

Rice bran might help lower cholesterol through its oils, which contain several substances that decrease cholesterol absorption and increase cholesterol elimination. One of the substances in rice bran might decrease calcium absorption, which might help reduce the formation of certain types of kidney stones. 

Are there safety concerns?

Rice bran is safe for most people when taken by mouth. Increasing the amount of bran in the diet can cause erratic bowel habits, intestinal gas, and stomach discomfort during the first few weeks.

Rice bran is possibly safe for most people when added to baths. Use of rice bran broth baths can cause itching and skin redness. Rarely, people have experienced rash and itching from rice bran infested with a pest called the straw itch mite.

Do not take rice bran as medicine if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a digestive tract problem such as intestinal ulcers, adhesions, conditions that cause narrowing or blockage of the digestive tract, difficulty swallowing, slow digestion, or other stomach or intestinal conditions.

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