Antioxidant Rich Black Rice Is A Cost Effective Health Boosting Food

Black rice is a staple food for one third of the world’s population but it is a little known variety of grain to us. The fact that we know so little about this rice is a great shame as it comes with many health benefits that the majority of us are currently missing out on.

Just a spoonful of black rice contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries with the bonus that it provides less sugar, more fibre and more vitamin E than the berries too! Black rice can be eaten in its rice form or crushed and made into bran.

Health benefits include:

- Anti-allergic properties

- Anti-inflammatory properties – useful in treatment of chronic disease, joint injuries and bone diseases.

- Reducing LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein) cholesterol

- Antioxidant rich – reducing free radical damage to the body and has possible uses in the treatment of cancer, heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

This health grain could potentially be used in cereals, drinks, cakes and the like as a more nutritious alternative to foods already popular in our western diet. If the cost of fresh berries makes you hesitate to include them in your diet, black rice is a cost effective alternative.


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