Healthier Rice – Healthier Living
What is Organic Purple Rice?
It is a cross-bred un milled producing dark purple (violet) grain, a combination of Hom Nil Rice and Thai Hom Mali Rice or Khao Dawk Mali 105. Hom Nin Rice – has well known and documented antioxidant properties. Thai Hom Mali Race – also known as fragrant Thai Jasmine rice, the highest quality and most sort after rice in the world, after cooking it retains its structure but takes on a soft fluffy consistency.
Khao Dawk Mali 105 – a hardy seed which will grow in a broad range of agricultural environments. Rice berry is well-known in other name called “Rice against diabetes” since it contains low glycemic index and high fiber content that help hinder sugar absorption into blood, make it suitable for diabetes patients.
Moreover, continuously consumption of rice berry is able to improve functioning of the pancreatic system and tends to enable a higher level of hemoglobin in the blood. It helps our immune system stay healthy. It contains significant levels of beta-carotene, gama oryzanol, vitamin E, folic acid, tannin, bran oil and a Low Glycemic Index.
It also contains many nutrients, such as starch, high quality oil, vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6 and E), minerals, pigments and wheat germ. The dark purple pigments called anthocyanin (consisted of cyaniding, peonidin, procyanidin) is found on the rice grains. Studies have shown that such pigments compared to those found on the red grape, prune and blueberry, rice contains several folds more antioxidant activities. Anthocyanins, the largest water-soluble pigments in the plant kingdom, are a type of flavonoid. Modern science is affirming that anthocyanins are a medicine chest in a vibrant package—foods and herbs with these particular hues have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer properties. Research indicates that purple fruits, vegetables, and herbs—as well as supplements of concentrated anthocyanins—may help diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.
Eating a lot of white rice causes sugar spikes, leading to overworked pancreas and diabetes
Senior Health Correspondent
A story in The Straits Times about how the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is targeting white rice in Singapore’s fight against diabetes caused a furore this week. Readers have been asking about the link between diabetes and the consumption of white rice and sugar, as well as how glycaemic index comes into the picture. Senior Health Correspondent Salma Khalik answers some frequently asked questions.
Q What is diabetes?
A There are three types of diabetes.
- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease and affects the young.
- Type 2 diabetes is largely caused by a sedentary lifestyle and a diet consisting largely of simple carbohydrates like white rice and sugary drinks. It accounts for about 90 per cent of diabetes worldwide.
- There is also gestational diabetes, which is temporary and affects one in five pregnant women here. But the effect is long lasting and makes those who have it more than seven times as likely as other women to get diabetes.
The body’s pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that is needed to move sugar from the blood to tissues in the body.
Diabetes happens when the pancreas has problems producing enough insulin, or when the insulin does not work properly. Type 1 diabetics do not produce insulin.
When this happens, sugar is left in the circulating blood.
Sugar blocks the flow of blood, especially in the small vessels. This makes it hard for blood to get to the organs. Over time, it can lead to damage to the eyes, heart, nerves, feet and kidneys.
This is why diabetes is the top cause of kidney failure here, a major reason people go blind, and accounts for two amputations a day because injuries – especially to extremities like fingers and toes – do not heal properly and can become gangrenous…read more
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AGARWOOD has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, and continues to be used in Ayurvedic,Tibetan and traditional East Asian medicine. Agarwood is prescribed in traditional East Asian medicine to promote relieve pain, arrest vomiting by warming the stomach, relieve asthma (Anon, 1995), treat rheumatism and other body pain. High-grade agarwood powder is prescribed in Chinese medicine (Yaacob, 1999) and is also used in the production of pharmaceutical tinctures (Beek and Phillips, 1999).
CAMPHOR seems to stimulate nerve endings that relieve symptoms such as pain and itching when applied to the skin. Camphor is also active against fungi that cause infections in the toenails.
MENTHOL Menthol has local anesthetic and counterirritant qualities, and it is widely used to relieve minor throat irritation and itching. Menthol is a pain relieve itself.
BLACK BOMBAX CEIBA L FLOWER Spikes on stem can be ground and applied to face for treatment against acne. An essential ingredient of nam ngiao, noodle soup, cuisine of Northern Thailand.
Dr Art and Dr Pat Chutong have carefully studied these plants grown in their own herbal garden in Suphan Buri, Thailand for many years. The Therapeutic Oil is one of the results of many years of studies and experiments of blending and mixing to formulate this oil. It is very effective for pain relief, arrest vomiting for asthma, rheumatism and pain in other parts of the body.
The Singapore team in partnership with Dr Art and Dr Pat Chutong of Light For Life Foundation in Thailand