The invention relates to glucose lowering-, hypocholesterolemic- and antioxidant properties of GBR and ASG, which is an innovation of brown rice that has been subjected to germination. It is particularly suited for diabetic subjects whose problems include sustained chronic hyperglycemia, abnormal cholesterol metabolism and oxidative stress damage.
It is hoped that this invention will impact on the lives of diabetics and even those suffereing from other chronic diseases related to oxidative stress. We hope to develop functional foods and nutraceuticals from this innovation for diabetics as well as non-diabetics who are at risk of cardiovascular disease. Of particular importance is the fact these products will equally be useful in cases where oxidative stress is a problem like aging, Alzheimer's disease, cancers and other degenerative diseases.
Because rice is a staple diet in Malaysia, this could possibly influence the lives of most Malaysians if they consume this variety of rice. This is because of its effect on cholesterol and oxidative stress which are implicated in many chronic diseases. This could greatly reduce the burden of chronic diseases among Malaysians in view of the fact that these diseases are the highest causes of morbidity and mortality.
And since rice is also a staple diet for many people outside Malaysia, estimated at over half the population of the world, this variety of rice could provide enormous benefits to these people.This is also a pointer to the huge numbers of potential consumers of this rice variety not only in Malaysia but around the world. At the moment, similar rice varieties are only commonly consumed in Japan, and therefore there is still room for covering other parts of the world apart from Japan with the product.