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Health Benefits of Black Rice

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Despite its lack of popularity compared to wild or brown rice, black rice is often known as emperor's rice or forbidden rice. It is an old grain with even more health benefits than other varieties of rice.

It not only contains antioxidants that have disease-fighting capabilities, but it's also rich in dietary fiber, contains anti-inflammatory characteristics, and may help prevent diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and weight gain.

For millennia, Asian cultures have consumed black rice, and in China, it was solely reserved for Chinese royalty. People are discovering the multiple health benefits of black rice, and this kind of rice is becoming more popular and appearing in more health food shops across the United States.

Rich in Antioxidants

The bran hull is the rice grain's outermost covering, and it contains one of the highest amounts of anthocyanin, an antioxidant, discovered in any food.

The color of black rice is deep black-purple, similar to the deep-colored berries such as cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries, indicating its strong antioxidant properties. Black rice has more anthocyanin than other grains, including red quinoa, red rice, brown rice, and other colored variants of whole grain. Black rice has a higher anthocyanin concentration than blueberries.

According to various studies that observed the anthocyanin benefits, it has the capacity to help avoid a variety of common yet dangerous disorders.

Anthocyanin antioxidants have been linked to preventing cardiovascular disease, guarding against cancer caused due to free radical damage, boosting cognitive function, and reducing inflammation.

It also includes Vitamin E, a vital antioxidant that helps maintain skin, eye, and immunological health.

Detoxification of the Body

Because of its high antioxidant content, black rice may help in body detoxification and clear the liver of dangerous toxic accumulation. The phytonutrients in black rice aid in the reduction of inflammation and the removal of toxic elements that may lead to a variety of ailments.

Slows Sugar Absorption in the Blood

Eating whole grains is more healthy and beneficial than consuming processed carbs to fight diabetes and obesity.

Black rice is a far better alternative than processed carbs, which are devoid of antioxidants, fiber, and other minerals that help reduce sugar absorption into the blood. Black rice has the full grain's bran, which stores fiber, which helps the body to absorb glucose in the grain over long periods.

After observing the effects of brown and white rice on the risk factors of type 2 diabetes, the researchers discovered that white rice had a higher chance of resisting insulin and causing diabetes.

Whole grains, such as black or brown rice, are a good substitution for white bread, white rice, sweetened cereals, and pasta. They may help maintain a healthy weight and energy level and reduce the chances of getting type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lake Forest, Calif.

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