Many a times we have heard dieticians and nutritionists swearing about the health benefits of brown rice, in fact they believe it to be the complete food. Unlike its snow-white brother white rice, brown rice does not go through the whole process of polishing and milling and thus retains its treasure of nutritious components.
Brown rice is a wholesome food packed with a number of essential nutrients like Manganese, Phosphorous, Iron, Calcium, Selenium, Magnesium, Zinc and Potassium. Apart from being a good source of dietary fibres their vitamin wealth includes vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin K and folate.
Let’s see how brown rice can help your health earn brownie points:
Brown rice is packed with natural nutrients and is easy to digest, so you can start giving boiled brown rice to your infants without any worry. Interestingly, brown rice prevents the risk of asthma in children.
We normally associate anti-oxidant properties with blueberries and green tea, but did you know that brown rice is also a rich source of naturally occurring anti-oxidants. Grab a bowl of brown rice everyday and say good bye to fine lines and sagging skin.
3. Manganese and Selenium Content
A single bowl of brown rice contains about 88% of the recommended daily dose of Manganese (fights free radicals). If you have thyroid problems, then start considering brown rice as an alternative to white rice as it can help regulate your thyroid hormone level. Also, Selenium possesses anti-oxidant properties and can destroy cancer cells as well as repair DNA.
Owing to the rich fibre content and anti-oxidant properties, brown rice is considered to be very effective in preventing breast cancer, colon cancer and leukemia (blood cancer).
5. Maintains Healthy Cholesterol Level
Attributing to its naturally occurring oils, brown rice helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels. It helps lower the concentration of bad cholesterol in the blood.
Being rich in Selenium, consumption of brown rice is associated with good heart health and reduction in chances of hypertension. Also it’s Magnesium content helps regulate blood pressure and balance sodium level in the body.
If I tell you that brown rice can help you lose a couple of pounds, what will you do? Ladies, it time you said good bye to that annoying flab and welcome a more toned body. That’s right; it can help you get into that pretty dress you were trying to fit into. The Manganese content of brown rice is responsible for fat synthesis.
Brown rice has proved to be instrumental in reducing insulin surges and also regulates the glucose level in the blood. So, if you or anyone in your family is diabetic or hyperglycaemic, then you must definitely include this food with a low Glycemic index to your daily intake.
Brown rice, especially sprouted brown rice is considered to be beneficial for the mental health of a lactating mother. Depression, fatigue, and mood swings are very common during this phase and brown rice can help them combat stress and also improves their overall immune defence.
10. Other Benefits
Apart from the above mentioned health benefits, brown rice is known to be rich in folate content that is extremely important for healthy growth of a foetus. In fact, people suffering from Candida infection also benefit from regularly consuming brown rice.
The health benefits of brown rice are so great that it must be on the top of your list for the next grocery shopping. There are a number of interesting brown rice recipes that you can try at home (just remember that brown rice takes longer to cook and requires more water than white rice). Healthy living!!