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A Closer Look: Stabilized Rice Bran

As one of our all-star ingredients in Zurvita Protein and Zeal for Life products, stabilized rice bran is considered by scientists, researchers and nutritionists as one of the world’s top superfoods. Traditionally an abundant yet underutilized by-product of rice milling – wait, rice like the kind you boil to eat? Yes, however rice in its original state comes with a brown layer between the inner white rice grain and the outer hull, called bran. It actually accounts for 60% of the nutrients found in each rice kernel. So, when bran is removed from its grain, the grain loses a good portion of its nutritional value. After years spent researching ways to preserve this very nutritious component while delivering the bran's nutritional benefits and processes that allow for maximum nutrient absorption, a breakthrough emerged as stabilized rice bran.

The Nutrition Factor

Stabilized rice bran, is one of the most nutrient dense and diverse food ingredients available to us today. Noted in the professional medical industry as a unique natural food concentrate, stabilized rice bran contains:

Vitamins

  • Vitamin B5 – Helping to convert the protein, carbohydrates, and fats eaten into energy.
  • Vitamin B6 – Helping to make Hemoglobin which carry oxygen throughout your body.

Minerals

  • Iron – Helping to preserve energy and focus, gastrointestinal processes, the immune system, and the regulation of body temperature.
  • Zinc – Helping the immune system and metabolism function.

Other minerals included are calcium, chloride, chromium, copper, iodine, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and sodium.

All 9 Essential Amino Acids

Isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, histidine and valine.

9 Additional Amino Acids

Glycine, glutamic acid, praline, alanine, serine, cystine, tyrosine, arginine and aspartic acid.

Other Beneficial Nutrients

Protein, omega (3,6,9) fatty acids, both soluble and insoluble fiber, along with soluble dietary fiber and a variety of beneficial antioxidants.

 

Did you know?

40 million metric ton of rice bran is discarded annually worldwide due to rapid development of its rancidity.

The nutrient density and diversity of rice bran has long been known to the scientific and medical communities. However, after time a natural enzyme called lipase combines with the oil in the rice bran, turning the oil rancid and ultimately toxic. But scientists have now perfected a new, non-chemical stabilization process that has allowed for longer storage of the nutrient-dense rice bran and rice germ, while preserving their extraordinary nutritional benefits.

The Benefits of Stabilized Rice Bran

According to recent reports, emerging evidence reveals stabilized rice bran (and extracts) acts as a functional food supplement with a therapeutic potency and broad health benefits, primarily because of its richness of bioactive components. It can be used to help:

 

    • Strengthen immune system function

 

    • Body defenses against free radicals

 

    • Regulate blood sugar levels

 

    • Increase energy

 

  • Improve athletic performance

 

  • Improve liver function
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  • Enhance skin health
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  • Act as an antioxidant
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  • Improve gastric health
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  • Improve colon health
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  • Improve heart health
  • According to Dr. Scott VanLue of the American Medical Association, “The stabilized rice bran in Zeal is in a unique, water-soluble form. Its use in Zeal contributes to a multitude of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other nutritional elements that can both nourish and support the cells of our bodies.”

    Utilized in Zurvita’s flagship product, Zeal for Life, as well as Zeal+ and Zurvita Protein, stabilized rice bran is one of many whole food concentrates in the advanced and synergistic blends of our product formulas. Learn more about each product’s full nutritional value and benefits on our website, here.