Benefits Of Red Rice

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Red rice is a type of unpolished rice that has higher nutritional value than white rice or polished rice. Cooking time is usually longer than white rice and has a nutty flavor and sweeter taste. It is rich in fiber content, Vitamin B1 & B2, iron and calcium. Owing to high nutritive content and health benefits of red rice, it is highly recommended for heart patients and diabetics. It is also popular among health freaks and fitness enthusiasts as its high fiber content helps gain less weight. By consuming red rice, one can get the following nutrients and health benefits.

 


                                                                                                                                             

Fiber


Red rice benefits one in the same way as whole grain foods. It is loaded with fiber. Fibers are stored in the gastrointestinal passage for a long time, thus they keep our stomach full and keep supplying us with energy. With increased fiber intake, hunger pangs are less and calorie intake is automatically restricted. People on diet or weight loss regime are thus recommended red rice instead of white polish rice. Fibers also help prevent cancer, gallstones, childhood asthma and controls obesity.
                                                                                                                                                 

Anti-oxidants


Red rice being whole grains is a good source of three kinds of anti-oxidants, water soluble, insoluble and fat soluble. These oxidants are multifunctional and keep releasing energy for a longer period of time. The fact that anti-oxidants guard our heart, consumption of red rice   becomes more crucial to minimize the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
                                                                                                                                                 

Minerals


Red rice contains most of the minerals as it contains a part of bran in it. This is one of the most important benefits of red rice. It contains magnesium and calcium in large quantities. Magnesium helps reduce asthma, migraine attacks, lower blood pressure, and lower risk of heart attacks. It also helps regulate the nervous system and tones our muscles. Magnesium together with calcium helps build strong bones and prevent arthritis and osteoporosis. 
                                                                                                                                                   

Lignan


Lignans converted to enterodiole and enterolactone are inversely related to death. Red rice is a source of plant lignan that protects us from death as it gets converted to enterodiole and enterolactone. This is one of the lesser known benefits of red rice which cannot be ignored at any cost.
                                                                                                                                               

Lowers Cholesterol, diabetes, reduces risk of cancer and fights obesity


Red rice is a source of carbohydrate that supplies us energy as well as the nutrients of bran oil  that is Omega-3 fatty acids. It is because red rice has some part of bran left on it. Bran oil is believed to reduce cholesterol or LDL-low density lipoprotein, cholesterol which is the root cause of many diseases. Fibers present in red rice are extremely healthy for heart. Red rice helps keep blood sugar levels at normal and highly beneficial for diabetic patients. It also helps minimize risk of breast cancer, colon cancer and many other types of cancers. Because they keep away hunger, it is highly beneficial for obese, as they tend to reduce frequency of food intake. Thus consumption of red rice is beneficial in preventing and controlling many deadly diseases.

                                                                                                                                                   

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Great information.