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Intestinal cancer risk ‘reduced by rice bran’

27th March 2007

Intestinal cancer rates could be lowered by people eating rice bran, British scientists have suggested.

According to new research from the University of Leicester, controlled laboratory tests of the hard outer later of rice grains were found to reduce the number of precancerous adenomas in intestinal tracts by 51 per cent.

Although their claims are not backed up by tests on humans, the scientists, publishing their results in the British Journal of Cancer, claim their findings show the health benefits of rice bran.

Lead study author Professor Andreas Gescher explained: “We compared the cancer-preventive efficacy of rice bran with respect to prostate, breast and intestinal cancers.

“Whilst there was no effect of rice bran on the development of prostate or breast cancer, rice bran significantly retarded the development of intestinal adenomas.”

Professor Gescher writes that the effect was “dependent on the fibre content of the bran”, equivalent to about 200g per day in humans.

“We believe a promising area of future research would be to study the potential colorectal cancer-preventing properties of stabilised rice bran.

“It is known that bran from wheat and rye have anti-cancer properties but this is the first time that this has been shown for rice bran.

“It appears that rice bran may have a role to play in reducing the development of adenomas, which can be a pre-cursor to cancer. No one has compared the efficacy of the different brans, such as rice, wheat, rye or oat and this may be an interesting future direction for researchers,” the professor concluded.

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