NUTRITION CORNER: Rice and its health benefits

Rice is an important staple food that feeds more than half of the world’s population. It has many health benefits too.

Eating rice is extremely beneficial for health, just for the fact that it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium.

Rice is a great energy source. As it is rich in carbohydrates, it acts as fuel for the body and aids in normal functioning of the brain.

Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fibre, iron, thiamine and riboflavin.

As rice is low in sodium, it is considered best food for those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension.

Whole grain rice like brown rice is rich in insoluble fibre that can possibly protect against many types of cancers.

The husk part of rice is considered as an effective medicine to treat dysentery. A three month old rice plant’s husks is said to contain diuretic properties.

Medical experts say that powdered rice can be applied to cure some forms of skin ailments. In Indian subcontinent, rice water is duly prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners as an effective ointment to cool off inflamed skin surfaces.

Brown rice, a variety of rice that is rich in vitamin B group, particularly thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorous and magnesium is said to contain high levels of neurotransmitter nutrients that can prevent Alzheimer’s disease to a considerable extent.

Rice bran oil is said to have antioxidant properties that promotes cardiovascular strength by reducing cholesterol levels in the body.#