Saturday, November 6, 2010

Black Rice Bran: an Anti-inflammatory?

In recent studies black rice bran has been found to reduce histamine production and function as an anti-inflammatory. "When the scientists fed mice a diet containing 10 percent black rice bran, it reduced swelling associated with allergic contact dermatitis, a common type of skin irritation". Try adding some to your diet if you are having any skin or inflammatory issues, it may help.

In another article they note that black rice bran offers more antioxidants than blueberries and that it is cheaper source of antioxidants. It also provides a good source of fiber and vitamin E.

Why are Allergies on the Rise?

Here is a great article about the increase in allergies from Science Daily. Research is finding increased allergies can be linked to PGE'exposure. PGE's (propylene glycol and glycol ethers) are chemicals that are emitted from water based paint and cleansers and are thought to disturb hormones and cause allergies and asthma. Read labels when purchasing cleansers and consider environmentally friendly and low risk paints when painting your home especially a child's room.