"Also Known as Forbidden Rice"
Everyone has heard of white rice, wild rice, and brown rice, but not many have heard about the amazing healing qualities of black rice or forbidden rice. And it's not to be confused with wild rice which is completely different.
Black rice comes from Asia and was planted sparingly and was only cooked for the nobility of China for thousands of years. In fact, anyone who was found owning and eating black rice was punished severely because black rice helps to prevent many diseases and it was thought that only the nobility could have that health. It was not until the 1990's that black rice came to the US and other areas of the world.
Totally Black in Color - As the name implies black rice is totally black because of all the powerful antioxidants.
Great Flavor - Black rice has a nutty flavor and it's nice and soft.
Lots of Protein - Black rice has more protein than all the other types of rice, in fact, 1/4 cup of black rice contains 5 grams of protein— Wow!
Contains Lots of Anthocyanin - Black rice is the only rice that contains lots of anthocyanins which is a very powerful antioxidant. In fact, these are some of the same antioxidants that are found in blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and other types of berries. Black rice contains more antioxidants per serving than blueberries.
Less Expensive Than Berries - Also black rice is much less expensive than berries, so when it comes to getting lots of antioxidants try black rice, and black rice contains less sugar than berries.
Slows the Aging Process - Black rice contains lots of antioxidants that help to prevent and heal DNA damage and— and thus helps to prevent disease and slows the aging process.
Helps Prevent Diabetes - Black rice slows down the absorption of sugars thus helping to prevent diabetes.
More Fiber Than All the Other Types of Rice - Black rice contains lots of great fiber to help prevent disease. In fact, 1/4 cup of uncooked black rice contains 2 grams of fiber. Fiber is important for boosting up our probiotic bacteria in our gut. And our gut should contain up to 5 pounds of good bacteria but on the average, most people only have a 1/2 pounds or less of good probiotic bacteria in their gut.
High in Absorbable Iron - Black rice contains lots of good absorbable iron for helping to prevent anemia and building hemoglobin.
Powerful Anti-inflammatory - Black rice is a powerful anti-inflammatory, studies at Suwon University in South Korea showed that black rice was a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent. A study in the Journal of International Immunopharmacology showed that black rice contains a powerful compound called 3CG which is a very effective anti-inflammatory. Thus black rice helps with arthritis, joint pain, swelling, and inflammation in general in the body just like black beans.
Good Source of Vitamin E - Black rice also contains a good amount of Vitamin E for sexual health, vitality, and great looking skin. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent disease.
Help with Weight Loss - A study at Hanyang University in South Korea showed that people who ate black rice on the average lost more weight than those eating white rice. And black rice containing lots of fiber making a person feel so they eat less.
Prevent Heart Attacks - A study in the Journal of Nutrition showed that black rice has the ability to prevent atherosclerotic buildup in the arteries. Animal studies showed that black rice reduced atherosclerotic buildup by 50%.
Prevents Cholesterol Absorption and Lowers Cholesterol - Studies show that black rice helps prevent the absorption of cholesterol thus helping to prevent diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. Also, black rice lowers triglycerides and cholesterol.
Contains - Black rice also contains phosphorus for strong bones, manganese for and magnesium for enzyme production, and selenium for boosting up our immune system and fight off colds and flues.
Great Liver Healing Agent - Studies in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism showed that animals with fatty liver disease feed black rice had lower lipid profiles and seemed to improve faster. Another study by the Chinese Academy of Agriculture and Science showed that animals feed a diet of alcohol and black rice had less alcohol-induced liver damage.
Healing Cancer - A study in the Journal Chemico-Biological Interactions showed that black rice seemed to prevent the metastasis (spread) of cancer throughout the body. Another study showed that black rice killed breast cancer cells. More research to be done about the healing abilities of black rice and cancer.
Prevent Cognitive Decline - Better Memory - And there are lots of studies including one with 16,000 people given anthocyanin which seemed to prevent cognitive decline. Not only that, studies show anthocyanin improve a person's memory and learning capabilities.
Finding - Google "Buy Black Rice" and lots of places will come up. And black rice can also be found on Amazing and eBay for sale.
Recipes - Google "Whole Foods Black Rice Recipes" - and lots of great recipes will come up.
Cooking - Black rice cooks just like brown rice.
Enjoy Black Rice and Feel Great!
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist
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Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 25 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com – feel free to connect with him anytime.
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