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I t’s a well-known fact that rice has always been a staple food in Asia but we usually think or talk about white rice. However, did you know about black rice, the surprising health benefits that it consists? Well, it has properties such as anti-inflammato­ry, anti-cancer, anti-diabetes and antioxidan­ts. This superfood is also a rich source of nutrients and minerals like protein, fiber, iron and copper. Unpreceden­ted times like these calls for boosting our immune system. The rich source of antioxidan­ts in black rice helps to build up the immunity and improves the body’s ability to fight diseases. Black rice, also known as as forbidden rice or purple rice, used to be a valuable commodity in ancient China and this is why every grain of it was seized and consumed by the royalty only. Hence, the term forbidden was coined. It mainly grows in the Northeast (called as Chak Hao) and the Southern parts (called as Kavuni in Tamil) of India. In order to select the best variety, closely look at the colour of the rice — the darker the shade, the more nutrition it has. Here are a few benefits and uses of it: " preventing overeating. In addition, researcher­s have found out that it helps prevent insulin resistance in your body, which leads to and is related to the risk of becoming overweight or obese. So if you are someone who is looking to reduce weight, start with including black rice in your weight loss regime. the small intestine, this can lead to nutritiona­l deficienci­es. And black rice is naturally gluten-free. If you are allergic to gluten and have the Celiac (an autoimmune disorder that’s triggered when you eat gluten) disease, then you should consider having black rice in your daily diet plan. The potential to cause intestinal damage is a major disadvanta­ge of gluten. Gluten can also cause abdominal and bloating pain. Not everyone can digest it easily. Black rice provides all healthy nutrients including protein and fiber. double the amount available in brown rice. If you are looking for a fiber rich diet then it is better to start consuming black rice. ANTI-INFLAMMATO­RY PROPERTIES ! Black rice is a natural healing food. Research has shown that it helps in reducing inflammato­ry compounds in your body and increase the anti-inflammato­ry compounds. This increase in the anti-inflammato­ry compounds further help in reducing inflammati­on in various diseases such as cancer, arthritis and allergies. PROMOTES HEALTHY HEART A healing food like black rice has been shown to reduce the atheroscle­rotic plaque formation in the arteries, which is the main reason for a heart attack and stroke. In addition to this, it also helps to reduce the two common factors in heart disease, namely LDL, triacylgly­cerol and total cholestero­l. Consider including forbidden rice to promote a healthy heart and keep heart-related ailments at bay. FIGHTS DIABETES A NATURAL DETOXIFYIN­G AGENT The black rice bran contains fiber, which in turn helps glucose to be absorbed by your body over a longer period of time. Research has proven that eating whole grains like black rice helps your body lower the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and also keeps your weight in check in addition to boosting your energy levels. It maintains consistent sugar level. So if you are a diabetic person, you must substitute your regular rice with black one as it’s way better and helps fight diabetes. It is a rich and natural detoxifyin­g agent. Studies have shown that the phytonutri­ents in black rice help detoxify your body and remove harmful toxins from your liver. It helps the liver to flush out waste material with its antioxidan­t property. So next time you throw a party, have a detox week by consuming it. SUPPORTS EYE HEALTH RICH IN ANTIOXIDAN­TS It includes zeaxanthin and lutein that protect retina from damaging free radicals. Hence, black rice is an ideal food for achieving a healthy body. They are a package of nutrients with several health benefits. Switch to black rice to stay fit! varieties, research shows that black rice has the highest overall antioxidan­t capacity and activity. Antioxidan­ts protect cells against oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Adding black rice to your meal helps in more disease protecting antioxidan­ts. Studies have shown that the anthocyani­n antioxidan­ts in grains helps the body to protect against heart diseases, cancer and many more. It is good for eye, immune health and skin as well. Black rice is a grain, which is loaded with antioxidan­ts. The deep black colour is a mark of its antioxidan­t properties. The anthocyani­n content found in it is way more than most of the grains and this is what makes it stand out in comparison to other superfoods such as quinoa and red rice. Despite being less popular than other rice A GLUTEN-FREE GRAIN Gluten is a group of seed storage proteins found in cereal grains. Eating foods with gluten causes an immune reaction that damages the lining of their small intestines. Since most nutrients are absorbed through YOUR WEIGHT LOSS PARTNER LOADED WITH FIBER Since it’s a whole grain and super-rich in fiber, this combinatio­n helps your body reduce signals of hunger, thus, helping in Black rice is loaded with fiber and minerals. A typical bowl of 100 gm of black rice serving has over 4.9 grams of fiber. This is (The author is the co-founder of Naturally Yours.) " ! & 5 , 6 ' )- ' & * ' & * & ' , & * ' & " ' % ! ' , & # ! ' ' & 4 % ' ) ! & . ' ' ' , ' , & ! ' ' & , )& ● ' ' ! ' ' '& , ' ' & ' ' , (( ' ! % , ! ( & * ' ! % ' )& * ' % ' % % & & ' ' )% ' & : ' ) , '& ' ' , ' & ● ! 8(( ' 0-8 1 , - 9 , . . 8( ' (( 9 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● * - 0( : ) ! / ' 9 , ( 0 ● ! ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ! 0(( 1 ' 2 ' 3 1 2 ' 3 ! 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