Rice bran oil can lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. The study comes from Dr. Richard Tulley at Louisiana State University (LSU). “(The) oil lowers cholesterol in healthy, moderately hypercholesterolemic adults,” says Dr. Tulley. High blood cholesterol – known as hyperlipidemia – can damage heart health. That’s because it causes fat and cholesterol to build up in your arteries. Then plaques begin to form…they harden…blocking arteries as they do…and damage your heart. This is called atherosclerosis. Dr. Tulley’s new study shows that this oil can stop that from happening.
He conducted a 10-week study with 14 volunteers. The oil was added to everyone’s diet. In fact…it made up one-third of their total dietary fat. They compared the oil with another oil blend…which had a similar fatty acid composition. The oil reduced LDL cholesterol by seven percent. And HDL cholesterol stayed the same. Dr. Tulley says the results were positive given the short time frame. “Total cholesterol was significantly lower with consumption of (the oil) than with consumption of the control diet,” says Dr. Tulley.
At the University of Rochester Medical Center, Mohammad Minhajuddin showed the oil lowers cholesterol in humans and animals. Minhajuddin’s latest work used an isolated compound from the oil to lower cholesterol in animals. Total cholesterol levels dropped by 42 percent. Bad (LDL) cholesterol levels dropped by a whopping 62 percent. The results were published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology.
Rice bran oil contains gamma oryzanol. It’s a combination of sterols and ferulic acid. It’s already approved in Japan to treat high cholesterol.
Rice bran oil is extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. It’s suitable for high-heat cooking. Try substituting it for olive oil next time you cook on high heat. Olive oil should be kept on temperatures below 250 degrees.
Gamma oryzanol is available as a supplement…in capsule form. Studies show 300 mg daily of gamma oryzanol can lower cholesterol.