8 Surprissing Health Benefits of Black Rise




Although rare, black rice is known as the healing food which used to be reserved only for the ancient Chinese emperors and royalty while being forbidden for the poor. Today, this so-called “forbidden rice” is available for everyone, but it’s produced in considerably less amounts than brown and white rice.

Nutritionally Superior to White and Brown Rice

Black rice is the most nutritious type of rice, being high in fiber, iron, copper, proteins, and 6 times the amount of antioxidants in the other types of rice. It’s gluten-free and prevents many diseases.

In fact, white rice causes a quick rise and fall in blood sugar, leaving the person irritated, hungry, and tired. Brown sugar is a better option, but it still can’t beat the nutritional value of the black one.

Black rice contains more protein, and fewer carbs and calories than both, brown and white rice.

1. Rich Source of Antioxidants

As we mentioned, this food contains 6 times the amount of antioxidants found in both brown and white rice. Moreover, it even rivals the number one food rich in antioxidants, blueberries.

In 2010, the American Chemical Society presented a study that showed that the amount of anthocyanins in a spoonful of black rice bran, equal to the amount in a spoonful of fresh blueberries.

It contains more fiber, and less sugar than blueberries, as well as a higher amount of vitamin E, which protects the eye cells from free radical damage, cataracts, and other vision problems. Therefore it’s extremely beneficial for the vision.

2. Fights Inflammation

The South Korean researchers from the University of Suwon tested the effectiveness of both, black and brown rice bran against skin inflammation on animals. The results showed that only the black rice bran managed to suppress the inflammation, which made the researchers think that it can be a useful therapeutic agent in the prevention and treatment of conditions related to chronic inflammation.

The Journal of International Immunopharmacology has published a study that discovered that C3G, the main constituent of black rice, is extremely effective at suppressing body inflammation, and should be added to the conventional treatment of chronic inflammation.

3. Weight Management

The Department of Food and Nutrition at the University of Hanyang in South Korea conducted a 6-week study in 2008, involving 40 overweight older women.

The participants were divided into 2 groups, one of which was given white rice meals, and the other the exact meals but instead of white rice, a combination of brown and black. The participants from both groups showed a reduction in BMI, weight, and body fat, but the group that consumed black and brown rice showed greater reductions in these 3 areas. However, more studies are needed to prove black rice’s effectiveness in terms of weight loss, although the rich fiber content keeps us fuller for a longer time, preventing cravings and hunger.

Therefore, black rice is always a better option than white.

4. Heart Health

The Journal of Nutrition has published a study according to which this type of rice reduces the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries. The arteries will harden and block if this plaque accumulates on their inner walls.

One research conducted on rabbits showed that the group that received black or red rice had a 50% lower amount of plaque than the one that was given white rice. According to researchers, black rice can decrease atherosclerosis thanks to the antioxidants it contains.

According to a 2013 study, black rice helps prevent the absorption of cholesterol, due to the antioxidant anthocyanins in its content.

5. Liver Health

The Nutrition & Metabolism journal has published a 2012 study that investigated the effects of black rice extract on mice with NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease).

The first group was given a high-fat diet, the second a normal-fat diet, and the third a high-fat diet supplemented with black rice extract for a period of 7 weeks. The results showed that the mice from the third group (those who consumed black rice), had improved levels of blood lipid, and drastically lower cholesterol and triglycerides levels than those from the other two groups. These results made researchers think that black rice can help prevent fatty liver disease.

Another study was conducted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences which analyzed the effects of black rice extract rich in anthocyanins on rats with chronic alcohol-induced liver damage.

They were separated into 2 groups, one of which received the anthocyanin from black rice together with the alcohol. This group showed reduced levels of liver damage caused by the received alcohol.

6. Cognitive Function

The anthocyanin antioxidants are associated with brain function. Since oxidative stress causes impairment in memory, it’s logical that antioxidants will counteract this.

According to one study that involved 16,000 patients, consuming foods high in anthocyanins can postpone mental aging by up to 2 ½ years, and another one in 2009 conducted on rats showed that it can improve memory and learning abilities. This 6-year study showed that even greater amounts of anthocyanins and other flavonoids are linked to an even slower decline of cognitive functions.

7. Anti-Cancer Effects

A study published by the Journal of Chemico-Biological Interactions showed that anthocyanins extracted from black rice drastically inhibit the spread of specific cancer cells.

Another 2014 study, suggested that anthocyanins from black rice are able to stop tumor metastasis in breast cancer cells. Their ability to kill breast cancer cells is shown by many other studies, although this doesn’t mean that black rice is a cure for breast cancer.

8. Black Rice Facial Mask

Due to its rich content, you can even use black rice to prepare a facial mask.

Boil half a cup of black rice in 2 cups of water for about 10 minutes. Let it cool, and strain it. Soak paper towels in the strained water and place them on your face. Let them stay for half an hour, and then rinse your face with fresh water.

Comparison with Other Types of Rice

As you can see, black rice has exceptional content which can help in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions and diseases. Besides, it has a unique nutty flavor which you will probably like.

Here’s a list of its nutritional value compared with that of other types of rice, in the hope that you will start using black rice more than the other types.

  • Black rice:         9 fiber, 3.5 iron, 8.5 protein, 0 zinc;
  • Brown rice:  8 fiber, 2.2 iron, 7.9 protein, 0.5 zinc;
  • Polished white rice: 6 fiber, 1.2 iron, 6.8 protein, 0.5 zinc;
  • Red rice:         0 fiber, 5.5 iron, 7.0 protein, 3.3 zinc;
  • Purple rice:         4 fiber, 3.9 iron, 8.3 protein, 2.2 zinc.

Via Nutrition Secrets | Natural News

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