Next step in research into potential health benefits of coloured rice

Volunteers are needed for Charles Sturt University (CSU) research investigating the antioxidant and anti-inflamatory potential of coloured rice.

CSU PhD student Ms Esther Callcott from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Centre for Functional Grains (FGC) said, “Inflammation and free radical damage has been correlated with the development of major lifestyle diseases such as type II diabetes and heart disease.

“Coloured rice is rich in bioactive compounds known as polyphenols. In-vitro cell culture studies have shown that these bioactive polyphenols reduce biomarkers associated with inflammation and free radical damage.”

Researchers at the FGC are now conducting a study to see if these bioactive polyphenols could have the same effect in people.

The research team needs volunteers aged between 18-65 who are non-smoking and are within a healthy weight range to consume coloured rice and donate small blood samples after eating the rice.