A Rice Once Reserved for The Emperor – Helps Boost Immunity…
By Prithu Nath
A Rice so Healthy & Nutritious that once upon a time it was reserved for only the Emperor & Royalty ! It helps to enhance our immunity that in turn helps to fight Covid 19, because every ounce of immunity is important !
Black Rice called forbidden or purple rice, is a type of rice that belongs to the Oryza sativa L. species. Black rice gets its signature black-purple color from a pigment called Anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties. Black Rice also has high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin that prevent AMD or Age Related Macular Degeneration. In fact, in addition to anthocyanin, black rice has been found to contain over 23 plant compounds with antioxidant properties, including several types of flavonoids and carotenoids , iron, fibre and protein.
People with An Age Associated Weakened Immune System or due to an Underlying Disease can now relax. Generally, viral infections lead to an increase in production of free radicals and a depletion of antioxidants & black Rice is known to reverse these. Research suggests that anthocyanins have positive effects on gut health when they interact with microflora, which can help decrease inflammatory markers associated with many chronic diseases, plus they can support hormonal balance.
Inflammatory cytokines signaling
Chronic inflammation is linked to progression of a disease that is characterized by excessive production of cytokines, changes in the pattern of cellular signaling, and infiltration of inflammatory cells. Similar to most of the flavonoids, anthocyanins reduce inflammation through several mechanisms to attenuate and to prevent inflammatory responses. The inflammatory cells produce several cytokines, including IL-1, IL-6, and TNF-α, that change the size and number of the cells. During the inflammation process, these cytokines activate hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal that acts on the release of glucocorticoids from the adrenal cortex. The inflammatory cytokine IL-1 also activates p38 MAPKs during the inflammatory process .
Black rice containing Anthocyanin are a booster shot for natural killer cell counts. These are a part of our immune system’s response against Virus and cancer cells. They actually cause cancer cells to commit suicide. These cells are called natural killers because they don’t need to be exposed to damaging cells before activating themselves. We have a glorious two billion of these cells flowing in our blood stream, but Anthocyanin containing food gives us that booster and can double the cell number.
Specific types of anthocyanins may have a direct effect in decreasing influenza viruses infectivity by decreasing the ability of the virus itself to get into the human cells [1-3] or to be released from infected cells ; or by having a viricide effect [4-7], it means that some anthocyanins may kill viruses when they are in the lumen of the respiratory or intestinal tract. From this perspective, anthocyanins are very helpful in our battle against influenza.
Anthocyanins are the value-added colorants that can be used for preventing several diseases, including CVDs, cancers, diabetes, some metabolic diseases, and microbial infection. These compounds also improve visual ability and have neuroprotective effect. Several mechanisms of action are reported for the anthocyanidins and anthocyanins in prevention of these diseases. In a nutshell, free-radical scavenging, changes in blood biomarkers, COX and MAPKs pathways, as well as inflammatory cytokines signaling are the typical mechanisms of action of these colored pigments in prevention of diseases.
Breathe Easier With Anthocyanins Containing Fruits and Veggies
Anthocyanins are exceedingly potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that provide brilliant purple/bluish hues to plant-based foods and are known to maintain a healthier lung function.
Flavonoids may slow lung function decline due to aging. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 11, 2018 from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180521131841.htm)
Other Foods that May Improve Lung Function
- Green Tea
- leafy greens
- Okinawa Potatoes
AGE RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION
Black rice contains high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin — two types of carotenoids that are associated with eye health (8Trusted Source).
These compounds work as antioxidants to help protect your eyes from potentially damaging free radicals (22Trusted Source).
In particular, lutein and zeaxanthin have been shown to help protect the retina by filtering out harmful blue light waves (22Trusted Source).
Research suggests that these antioxidants may play an important role in protecting against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of blindness worldwide. They may also decrease your risk of cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.
Black rice may also offer other potential benefits, including:
Lower blood sugar levels. Animal studies suggest that eating black rice and other anthocyanin containing foods may help reduce blood sugar levels in those with type 2 diabetes. Human studies are needed to confirm these effects (32Trusted Source, 33Trusted Source). Anthocyanin benefits for diabetes and pancreatic disorders have also been unearthed in recent years, and again the efficacy is attributed to the multiple, simultaneous biological effects these pigments cause in the body, including prevention of generation of free radicals, decreased lipid peroxidation, reduced pancreatic swelling, and decreased blood sugar concentrations in urine and blood serum. (6)
May decrease your risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). A study in mice found that adding black rice to a high fat diet significantly reduced fat accumulation in the liver (34Trusted Source).
What are the health benefits of anthocyanins? Some of the conditions that research suggests anthocyanins may help prevent include:
- Cardiovascular disease and risk factors, such as high blood pressure and hardening of the arteries
- Impaired immune function
- Neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Symptoms of poor cognitive function, including poor memory and trouble concentrating
- Poor recovery from exercise/physical activity
- Vision loss