Inflammation in the body can be caused by a number of health problems such as arthritis, allergies, asthma and other diseases. However, scientists have discovered that black rice may help people who suffer from inflammation.
The study, published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, indicates that previous research has already proven that there may be health benefits for individuals who eat black rice bran. These studies suggest that the bran can suppress the release of a compound, histamine, which causes inflammation.
For the new research, the scientists used mice and tested how black rice bran extract can affect skin inflammation. When the extract was administered to the mice, their inflammation was reduced by 32 percent. This was compared to a control group that did not exhibit these results. Substances which are known to contribute to inflammation were also reduced in the animals that were given the bran extract.
The researchers noted that overall, black rice bran reduced swelling that had been caused by skin irritation due to allergic contact dermatitis, in the mice.
As a result, the scientists suggest that adding healthy foods like black rice bran into a person's diet, could aid in the treatment of health problems that cause inflammation such as arthritis, allergies or asthma.