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Enzyme treatment may increase health benefits from rye bran

Plant lignans have been proposed to be one key player behind the inverse association between wholegrain consumption and the development of chronic Western-style diseases, including cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Rye contains high amounts of lignans, which are concentrated to the bran. In a recently published study, Danish researchers found that treatment of rye bran with cell-wall degrading enzymes resulted in a four times higher concentration of certain plant lignans in the blood of pigs. This may contribute to the enhancement of the beneficial effects of wholegrains on human health. Read more here

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