Brown rice
Brown rice


Brown rice is the dehusked seed of the rice plant (Oryza sativa). It contains nutrients such as fiber that are often removed from white rice.

Brown rice retains the bran, germ, and endosperm from the seed of the rice plant. This means that brown rice contains higher amounts of fiber, unsaturated fatty acids, protein, minerals, vitamins, and starch than white rice.

People use brown rice for diabetes, prediabetes, obesity, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Don't confuse brown rice with rice bran, rice protein, black rice, or red yeast rice. These are not the same.
When taken by mouth: Brown rice is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if brown rice is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Brown rice is commonly consumed in foods. But there isn't enough reliable information to know if brown rice is safe to use in the larger amounts as medicine. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.


There is interest in using brown rice for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
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Dosing & administration

Brown rice is commonly consumed in foods. As medicine, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of brown rice might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.

Interactions with pharmaceuticals

It is not known if Brown Rice interacts with any medicines. Before taking Brown Rice, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.

Interactions with herbs & supplements

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Interactions with foods

There are no known interactions with foods.
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