Black Rice has been linked to many health benefits and successes; and recent research suggests that there may be many more that we’re currently not aware of. Consumption of black rice has been linked to marked decreases in risk for dangerous conditions such as heart disease and cancer. High blood pressure, circulation and overall blood health also seems to be maintained well by those who add Black Rice to their diet. Because this special type of rice is considered to be anti-inflammatory and a great source of antioxidants, it may be useful in avoiding long term problems like Alzheimer’s and Diabetes. We’re just beginning to see the useful health related applications of Black Rice; it’s very possible that we’ll discover even more health related benefits from Black Rice as future research is conducted.
Black rice is cultivated in Asia and is considered to be heirloom rice. The rice is unprocessed and appears black in its raw state. After it is cooked, it changes in color to a deep purple. Black glutinous rice or sweet black rice is a type of black rice which is short grained and viscous when cooked. Studies show that black rice health benefits even exceed that of brown rice.
Two studies in the last 18 months have found that black rice, or the bran (husk) from black rice has been:
- shown to have anti-inflammatory properties
- implicated in reducing the risk of some cancers
- implicated in promoting heart health
Black rice has in interesting history - once considered "forbidden", its now making a name for itself, along with a red variant of rice (red rice has been touted for it's ability to lower cholesterol).
A study out of the Department of Food Science at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, finds that a spoonful of black rice bran contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than an equivalent spoonful of blueberries. Blueberries have been touted as a "superfood" due to their extremely high antioxidant levels.
In addition, it was found that black rice has with less sugar, more fiber, more vitamin E than blueberries.
Anthocyanin antioxidants are being studied for their role in fighting heart disease, cancer, and a number of other diseases that are linked to inflammation.
In animal studies, black rice bran is shown to reduce skin inflammation by 32 percent and can reduce swelling associated with allergic contact dermatitis.