Of all the super-foods I know of, stabilized rice bran holds the most promise for healing the body in situations of both degenerative breakdown and contagious infection. This is a bold statement however, I have looked at the literature, spoken with scientists, talked to patients, viewed videos of natives in Africa who were experimentally given the rice bran, read their letters, and even had a lengthy conversation with the inventor of the stabilization process for rice bran, Nana Patricia McPeak.
Let’s start there. Nana Patricia McPeak, aka Patty McPeak, and her late husband, Dan McPeak developed the technology to prevent the hydrolysis and rapid oxidation of the good fat in rice bran. Until that time (mid 1980s) rice bran was usually thrown away, or under utilized at best. It had such a short shelf life that it was impossible to use it for a human food, even though it is the richest source of antioxidants in the grain kingdom (120 antioxidants). The beauty of the McPeak process is that it uses no chemicals and produces a product with a shelf life of at least 2 years. Nana Patricia McPeak literally took the most wasted food resource and turned it into a healing resource for the world.
McPeak calls her stabilized rice bran either NanaCea Manna or Patty McPeak Manna. For your immediate gratification click here to get a bag of NanaCea Manna rice bran today!
But now, let’s look at how this superfood and how its components are being studied.
In a paper entitled Characterization of Potentially Chemopreventive Phenols in Extracts of Brown Rice That Inhibit the Growth of Human Breast and Colon Cancer Cells, published at Leicester University, Leicester, United Kingdom by E. Ann Hudson and 5 other scientists, look at the effect of phenol extracts of brown rice and rice bran on viability and colony-forming ability of human derived breast and colon cancer cell lines. The results suggest that: (a) brown rice and bran contain compounds with putative cancer chemo-preventive properties; (b) certain phenols contained in brown rice bran, e.g., tricin, may be associated with this activity; and (c) these phenols are present at much lower levels in white than in brown rice. Thus, the consumption of rice bran or brown rice instead of milled white rice may be advantageous with respect to cancer prevention.
Another article of interest presents an animal study.
The rice bran constituent tricin potently inhibits cyclooxygenase enzymes and interferes with intestinal carcinogenesis in ApcMin mice By Hong Cai, Mohammad Al-Fayez, Richard G. Tunstall, Sharon Platton, Peter Greaves, William P. Steward and Andreas J. Gescher. 1 Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group, Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine and 2 Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
This group theorized that the lower Asian rate of breast and colon cancers may be due to the type of rice eaten. Since brown rice is a staple dietary constituent in Asia, rice consumed in the Western world is generally white, obtained from brown rice by removal of the bran. Rice bran contains the flavone tricin, which has been shown to inhibit colon cancer cell growth. The researchers tested the hypothesis that tricin interferes with adenoma formation in the ApcMin mouse. In this study, consumption of tricin from rice bran reduced the numbers of intestinal adenomas by 33% (P < 0.05) compared with mice on control diet. The study group stated that their results suggest that tricin should be further evaluated as a putative colorectal cancer chemopreventive agent.
The nutrition scientist who gave me the above citations was mainly interested in preventive nutrition. This struck a chord for me as preventing familial colon cancer is a goal of mine. More digging and I found an excellent resource website, www.stabilizedricebranresearch.com. On that site are research papers that explain the cell normalizing effects of the many nutrients found in stabilized rice bran, … for example…
Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Double-blind clinical trial of β-Sterol in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Rice Bran derivatives have significant amounts of β-Sterol which is here shown to reduced symptoms of prostatic hypertrophy.
In another citation from the above website we find: In Vitro and in vivo effects of phytosterols on the growth and dissemination of human prostate cancer PC-3 cells. This New York University study by Awad AB, Fink CS, Williams H, and Kim U, shows that beta-sitosterol, a component of rice bran, indirectly inhibited the growth and metastasis of PC-3 cells, and that beta-Sitosterol was more effective than campesterol in offering this protection in most of the parameters studied.
Another study, Beta Sitosterol Activates the Sphingomylin Cycle & Induces Apoptosis in LNCaP Human Prostate Cancer Cells, is also linked through the www.stabilizedricebran.com website. In other words, when you go to this research page you can click on all the articles and read them in full.
Inhibition of rat mammary carcinogenesis by inositol hexaphosphate (phytic acid), A pilot study, from the U. of Maryland School of Medicine, in which Vucenik et al. demonstrated experimental evidence that IP6 (inositol hexaphosphate)from rice bran inhibits the growth and stimulates apoptosis of human breast cancer cells in addition to preventing colon cancer.
Tocotrienols (a very active isomer of vitamin E) have demonstrated an inhibitory effect on the growth of human breast cancer cells. Tocotrienols Inhibit the Growth of Human Breast Cancer Cells Irrespective of Estrogen Receptor Status, is a study done at the University of Reading in England by Kalanithi Nesaretnam et al. They conjecture that this form of vitamin E more easily enters breast tissue cells, and that ability accounts for its protective ability. Read the entire study at the above stabilized rice bran website.
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A final “must read” by R. J. Jariwalla, PhD, Health Benefits of Stabilized Rice Bran Products in Preventive and Clinical Medicine, is an overview of the potential of rice bran for strengthening the body and elevating health to an “above disease” state. Jariwalla’s meta-analysis reflects the work of many scientists who contributed at a conference in Kyoto, Japan, devoted to the role of rice bran in health maintenance and disease prevention. Jariwalla points to the rice bran components that have demonstrated the most effect as: myo-inositol (a B vitamin), its phosphate-derivative inositol hexaphosphate (IP6 or phytate), rice bran oil, ferulic acid, gamma-oryzanol and other polyphenolic compounds with antioxidant function.
Dr. Jariwalla names myo-inositol and IP6 as nutrients that are teamed in rice bran and that work to suppress liver, colon and lung cancer in the studies he reviewed. Another nutrient team in rice bran is rice bran fiber and IP6. Jariwalla reports that this combination has proved its efficacy over other fibers on colon cancer. Another benefit is the protective effect of this combination in in vivo studies. Protective effects were seen against cancers of the breast, colon, pancreas, liver, skin and connective tissue. Not only was tumor development reduced, but it also interfered with existing tumors viability. Raxit Jariwalla illuminates the role rice bran’s tocopherol and tocotrienol have on carcinoma, sarcoma 180 and fibrosarcoma.
Finally, I must say that all rice brans are not created equal. When you shop for rice bran the most common problem is age. When you buy rice bran and notice that the flavor is not entirely sweet but has a bitter tone you have received a slightly rancid product. You may be able to find a cheap product but do not think that it is as good as a fresh product since that piercing flavor means free radicals are present. The only product that I trust is produced by the inventor of the stabilization process. Look for the product called either “NanaCea Manna” and you will have found the freshest predigested stabilized rice bran.
One other thought. Stabilized rice bran can be found in some health food stores. It is cheap, usually less than $5. However, without the predigestion process this bran is very difficult for the normal human to digest. The NanaCea Manna rice bran is predigested and thereby becomes super bioavailable. And, … the flavor is mild and delicious! I’m convinced that predigested rice bran is the most nutrient dense superfood on earth. That makes it the best value for your money. Try it and let me know.