Rice starch may provide a drug delivery method
Ateam of researchers from University of Kashmir found that rice starch may provide a drug delivery method system for transporting probiotics through acidic upper gastrointestinal tract.
The research led by Adil Gani, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food Science and Technology, has shown that chemically tweaking starch present in rice can develop a substance called RS-4, that can protect beneficial gut bacteria from getting ingested in stomach when consumed orally.
The findings are published in the journal, Food Chemistry, reported that this drug delivery system could be exploited to deliver orally administered probiotic bacteria into the colon.
“As we age, there is a depletion in the gut microflora and the efforts to deliver these beneficial bacteria to gut- so as to keep the right microbial balance- suffers seriously as to keep right microbial balance- suffers seriously as the upper gastrointestinal tract ingests most of it,” said Gani. This delivery system is not just cheap and can be used for other drugs too, as it is capable of delivering them where the action should be”, he added.