Health Benefits of Brown Rice

Brown rice has immense health benefits. This article lists some of the health benefits of brown rice.

Brown rice is partly milled rice.  It is also called hulled rice.  It has more nutrition than regular white rice because in brown rice only the outermost layer (husk) is removed.  In white rice bran layer and germ – which are rich in essential nutrients – are also removed.  Brown rice is chewier than white rice and has a nutty flavor.  

Here are some health benefits of brown rice:

  • Brown rice is rich in manganese.  Manganese is required for healthy bone structure and metabolism.  It is also required for absorption of calcium, regulating blood sugar level, metabolism of fats and proper functioning of thyroids.  It is an essential nutrient for the human body.

  • Brown rice is rich in iron.  Iron literally gives life to the human body by carrying oxygen to blood cells.  

  • Selenium is brown rice is found to reduce the incidence of cancer and cataracts.  It also aids in the metabolism of the thyroid.  It protects the body from dangerous free radicals.  

  • Brown rice is rich in niacin, which plays a major role in secretion of sex and stress related hormones in the adrenal glands.  It also prevents bad cholesterol.  There are many other benefits of niacin.  

  • Brown rice contains magnesium.  Magnesium plays a major role in maintaining bodily nerves, bones and muscles.  It is necessary for sustaining normal heart beat.  It helps in protein synthesis and cellular metabolism.  It is proved to prevent type 2 diabetes.  It reduces the severity of asthma.  It is found to reduce migraine headaches.  

  • Brown rice is rich in vitamin E which promotes immunity and is necessary for a healthy skin.  It is also anti-inflammatory and provides relief from pain.  Vitamin E is an antioxidant. 

  • Brown rice contains folacin which is necessary for production of red blood cells.  It is also necessary for proper development of brain and spinal chord in unborn infant.  There are immense health benefits of folacin.  

  • Potassium in brown rice prevents stroke.  It is necessary for maintaining a healthy blood pressure.  It improves muscular strength.  It prevents heart and kidney disorders.  

  • Thiamine in brown rice necessary for maintaining a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system.

  • Consuming brown rice is found to prevent gallstones in women.  

  • Research studies have indicated that people who consume more whole grains like brown rice weigh less.  Brown rice prevents obesity.  

  • Brown rice is rich in fiber.  It prevents intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis.  It promotes healthy bowel movements, there by preventing constipation.  It is also found to prevent cancer.  

  • The oil in whole brown rice lowers the dangerous LDL cholesterol.  This bad cholesterol can wreak havoc on human cardiovascular system.  

  • Phytonutrients in brown rice have immense health benefits.  Phenolics are a type of Phytonutrients.  They are antioxdiants.  Lignans are another type of phytonutrients which prevents from cancer and heart diseases.

Brown rice is an excellent source of all round nutrition and should definitely be a part of daily diet.  

Brown rice (Image via Wikipedia)

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