Our world contains lots of kinds of rice from lots of different sources, but all rice is not created equal.  Because it can be found in every part of the globe, the word “to eat” can literally mean “to eat rice” in some languages such as Chinese.  For about half of the world, this grain provides 50 percent of their daily calories.  The rice we often eat in America is white and has been through a complete milling and polishing operation.  This process results in a loss of up to 90 percent of its nutrients.  Even when it is “enriched,” many nutrients are not replaced.  START SOMEWHERE today to be a Brown Rice snob! I hope this post will convince you that it’s a smart move!

LIVE YOUNGER with the goodness of Brown Rice because it:

  • Provides antioxidant protection
  • Has beneficial fiber
  • Can help lower LDL cholesterol
  • Contains lignans to protect against heart disease
  • Helps prevent gallstones
  • Is rich in selenium

Surprisingly, Brown Rice is rich in phytonutrients.  When I think of phytonutrients, brightly-colored fruits and vegetables come to mind.  I think of the rainbow!  The vibrant colors of peppers, watermelon, plums, melons, sweet potatoes, citrus fruits, peaches, kale, broccoli, spinach, eggplant, blueberries and blackberries fill my mind.  Nevertheless, God hides treasure in surprising places!  Brown Rice contains an antioxidant called ferulic acid which is considered one of the most powerful antioxidants because it has been found to scavenge damage-causing free radicals.  Additionally, it protects against radiation-induced damage to our cells.

The ferulic acid and other antioxidants found in Brown Rice come specifically from the bran and germ portion of the plant; these components of the plant’s cell wall are removed in white rice.  Brown Rice is also a strong source of manganese.  Manganese matters because it is an essential component of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase.  This is an enzyme that protects the mitochondrial cells, which are responsible for creating approximately 90 percent of the energy in our bodies.  To LIVE YOUNGER, you have to keep your mitochondria happy and healthy.  Enzymes get the party started by acting as a catalyst to make a specific biochemical reaction happen.   Like the key that unlocks an important door, lack of enzyme support is often part of illness; whole food is the best source of the array of enzymes that your body needs to thrive. In my research for this post, I found that the ferulic acid found in Brown Rice is also being used in cosmetics.  Apparently, it is a good topical antioxidant too!    

As mentioned in the bullet-point list, Brown Rice is also a concentrated source of selenium. This powerful antioxidant is naturally found in soil and incorporated into certain food sources like Brown Rice and Brazil Nuts.  It helps protect blood cell walls from damage and may be protective against compounds that stimulate cancer.  Selenium is also essential for optimal thyroid function.  

Be a Brown Rice snob and START SOMEWHERE today replacing the White Rice in your world with Brown Rice.  Harness it’s delicious texture and many anti-aging benefits.  Give your body more of what it craves for vitality.  You can do it.  I will help you!

Be a Brown Rice Snob

Be a Brown Rice Snob