The Superfood You Haven’t Heard Of

  

As a young boy the typical Sunday dinner at our house featured a meal often times consisting of white rice, gravy and the other accompanying foods such as green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, something fried and homemade biscuits.

Mom was an excellent cook and I savor those memories of Sunday meals with my family and mom taking great joy in feeding us all. We had a large table and it was always full with friends and family.

So, what does this have to do with this mystery superfood, well nothing. I just wanted to share a little nostalgia I was experiencing while writing this piece. White rice was the only rice I ever knew until my later adult years.

Later I was introduced to brown rice, black rice, long grain, short grain, jade rice etc.. And then, I learned the secrets of the most important information about rice, read on to learn more!

What are the parts of a grain kernel?

When we think of rice, brown rice or any rice we typically just think about the whole grain. However, rice and any grain for that matter has multiple components that make the grain.

As a simple explanation, A grain kernel is consist of the outer husk, the bran, the endosperm and the germ. The bran is the outer coating just under the grain husk and the germ is on the bottom edges. Approximately eighty five percent of the nutritional benefits of the rice kernel are in the bran and germ.

For the purposes of this article when I use the term bran it includes the rice germ as well.

What if I asked you what one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world is?  Would you have guessed that rice bran is the food I am talking about? 

It takes about 30 pounds of brown rice to make one pound of the rice bran and rice germ.  Ounce for ounce few foods have as deep and rich of a vitamin, mineral, essential fatty acid, enzymatic, phytonutrient and antioxidant content as rice bran.

The polyunsaturated oils in rice bran have made it difficult to sell as a nutritional food source. The oils turn rancid quickly. However, technology developed a few decades back made it possible for us to take advantage of the powerhouse of nutrition in rice bran through an enzymatic process that stabilizes the oils so they do no go rancid as quickly. As a result rice bran is now available.

The refinement of grains

In the late 1800’s grain refining was developed in Europe and soon came to the Americas and the rest of the world. The refining processes removes the most nutrient dense part of the grain, the bran and germ. This allows grains to be stored for a long time with out spoiling.

When the development of grain refining came about rice was was polished to make it shelf stable so it could be stocked on store shelves.

My stand on the consumption of grains

Before we get to far into this blog, I want to make clear my personal position on grains.

I do not recommend them for most of my clients due to the inflammatory effects. Grains grown today are not like their cousins from hundreds of years back. They have been hybridized to the point most are inflammatory for the digestive and neurological systems. However, regarding rice since that what we are discussing, the bran and germ on the rice kernel are much different, they are a small part of the rice kernel. They do not have most of the negatives experienced from eating the whole grain.

If you do eat grains eat them in sprouted whole form and in moderation. I find that my clients inflammatory and digestive issues get much better with a diet void of grains or at a minimum a reduction in the amount consumed. Sprouted grains are the best grains for consuming. Once grains are sprouted they become more like a vegetable, have more nutrition and the inflammatory compounds are mostly neutralized.

Moms always know best!

At the refining mills, piles of the bran were put outside the grain refining plants for disposal or sold as feed for animals.

Moms in India new something powerful was in the bran and germ that was discarded! When their children were sick, the mothers in India would walk to the processing plants and get the bran to feed their sick children. They knew it had great healing ability. Moms would make a porridge from the bran and in most cases their children would heal better and faster.

Rice bran is hypoallergenic and is gentle enough for even infants yet a super powerhouse of health for adults! The bran of the rice is where approximately 85% of the nutritional power of the rice kernel is stored. The bran portion of rice is extremely nutrient dense.

An enzyme causes the oil in the bran to go rancid very quickly. Technology developed a few decades back make it possible for the bran of the rice kernel to be removed and stored for a much longer period without damaging the super nutrition contained in the bran portion of the rice kernel.

Rice brans amazing array of nutritional benefits

Stabilized rice bran is the new super food! Rice bran contains an vast array of advanced nutrients and antioxidants, which assist you in maintaining your overall health. The nutritional value of rice bran is superior to other brans and pushes your body for optimal vibrant health.

Amazingly, rice bran contains an astounding quantity of healthy nutrients such as phytosterols, polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, beta-glucan, natural fiber, Vitamin E complex, plus a large complement of B vitamins and over 100 antioxidants!

Rice Bran:

  • Has compounds that support and boost immune function
  • Helps reduce and balance blood sugar levels
  • Increases energy
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • It is heart protective
  • Has anti-cancer potential
  • It is anti-inflammatory
  • It supports healthy digestion
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Supports better blood pressure
  • Protects kidneys
  • It is great for the skin and hair
  • Supports healthy weight loss
  • Builds muscle

Rice Bran is packed with hundreds of health enhancing vital nutrients!

Protein — Stabilized rice bran contains easily digested, hypoallergenic essential amino acids that are necessary for building human protein.

Complex Carbohydrates — unlike simple carbohydrates which can add to blood sugar and fat storage problems, healthy complex carbohydrates like those found in stabilized rice bran have a “low glycemic index” which means that they don’t cause spikes in your blood sugar. In fact, stabilized rice bran has been found to help normalize blood sugar.

Fiber — Stabilized rice bran contains soluble and insoluble fibers necessary for optimum digestive health, blood sugar regulation, lowered cholesterol, and the prevention of diabetes and heart disease.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) — Omegas 3, 6 & 9 help to strengthen cellular membranes (so the bad stays out and the good stays inside cells). They also help with energy production (eliminating fatigue); transporting oxygen to the cells; removing waste from the cells; regulating hormones; reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness; reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol & increasing HDL “good” cholesterol, not to mention, improving your  complexion, mood, memory & concentration!

Enzymes — Enzymes are the catalyst that make everything happen in our bodies. The enzymes in rice bran also act as powerful cell protectors. They are also some of the most powerful antioxidants we could ever ingest.

Tocotrienol’s & Tocopherols (Complete Vitamin E family known as tocols) — Tocols as a complete group are much more powerful than regular vitamin E. They are great for your cardiovascular system, your immune system, and your complexion!

Phytosterols and Sterolins (phytosterols glucosides) — These are natural phytonutrients with healthful properties that range from helping to fight free radicals, prevent cancer, reduce blood sugar and blood triglyceride levels, lower cholesterol and ease menopausal symptoms.

Gamma Oryzanol Complex — this amazing group help boost immune response, reduce inflammation, increase energy, metabolize glucose, regulate blood sugar, build muscle and more!

Polyphenols — including Ferulic acid, α-Lipoic acid, Methyl ferulate, ρ-Coumaric acid, ρ-Sinapic acid, Isovitexin, Proanthocyanidins. These have been shown to assist the immune system and to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Metal Chelators — including Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium and Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6). Getting heavy metals out helps to ensure that antioxidants don’t “turn to the dark side” and become pro-oxidized free radicals.

Carotenoids — Rice bran contains very effective free radical scavengers including Lutein, α-Carotene, β-Carotene, Lycopene, Zeaxanthine, and Crytocyanthine.

B-Vitamins & Vitamin-like substances — including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Betaine, Dimethyl glycine, Inositol, Biotin, Choline and Folic acid. These help reduce cholesterol buildup, support adrenal function, calm and maintain the nervous system, and assist in key metabolic processes.

Polysaccharides — These are known to help immune function, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and increase coronary artery flexibility and capacity.

Phospholipids — Phospholipids are essential fats that help support the growth and renewal of cellular membranes, forming a barrier to filter toxins out. They also act as cellular antioxidants when free radical’s try to penetrate the cell. Phospholipids are also thought to prevent depletion of the neurotransmitter choline, improving mental focus, brain function, and both mental and physical stamina.

Rice bran as a functional food

Because of rice brans large amount of vitamins, minerals, additional phytonutrients and health benefits I selected rice bran and germ as the base ingredient in Vive! Additionally, it’s hypoallergenic, gluten free and taste good! Give Vive Shake a try to day for an amazing opportunity to revolutionize your health!

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop I.N.H.C., C.N.C., C.I.C.P.

Vive Developer

www.viveshake.com

Sources

Ameliorative Effects of Stabilized Rice Bran on Type 2 Diabetes Patients.School of Nutrition and Health Science, Taipei Medical University,Taipei, Taiwan, ROC.

Rice Bran: A Novel Functional Ingredient Mian Kamran Sharif,Masood Sadiq Butt,Faqir Muhammad Anjum &Saima Hafiz Khan

Study: Rice-bran products: phytonutrients with potential applications in preventive and clinical medicine.Jariwalla RJ.California Institute for Medical Research, San Jose, CA, USA.

Effects of stabilized rice bran, its soluble and fiber fractions on blood glucose levels and serum lipid parameters in humans with diabetes mellitus Types I and II.

Health Benefits of Rice Bran – A Review
Nagendra Prasad MN*, Sanjay KR, Shravya Khatokar M, Vismaya MN and Nanjunda Swamy S
Department of Biotechnology, Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore-570006, INDIA

Advanced Medical Research, 8251 Raymond Road, 53719, Madison, WI, USA

The US Food and Drug Administration have not evaluated statements contained herein. Products and information presented herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.   

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

A Mysterious Superfood You Should Make a Part of Your Daily Routine!

Mysterious Superfood
Mysterious Superfood

In today’s world of exotic fruits, mushrooms and strange vegetables, it is easy to over look less sexy foods.  In the nutritional circles and functions I attend the buzz is around exotic fruits, herbs, vegetables and mushrooms such as Gojo Berry, Lucuma, Maca, Astragalus, Ho Shu Wu, Rishi and Chaga etc... These are just the tip of the iceberg in the über ( highest, elite ) super foods family that gets everyone’s attention.  All of these have powerful health restorative properties. However, natures most nutrient dense super food is sitting right in front of us everyday. Because it’s parent source is so common, it is over looked by many. You may not even know about it until now.

Many people eat it every week, however not in the form that provides super dense nutrition that can truly help restore health and in many cases reverse adverse health conditions.  In fact, it is so powerful it is used medicinally to treat high cholesterol, high urine calcium and diabetes.  So, have you got an idea what food I may be talking about. I’ll give you a hint; its tan, brown and black in its natural form, it is a staple for certain cultures and it can be made into flour, cheese, wine, beer, liquor and eaten whole.  Do you know what it is? It has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor, you can put it on almost any food or eat it by itself.

I have a client that is missing a few feet of intestine, 1/2 of their colon, 1 kidney, has COPD and is on oxygen most of the day, adrenal failure and heart issues. The past few months she has been eating this food in large quantities and for the first time in several years her health is improving. She was having reoccurring pneumonia and bronchitis and now her immune system is functioning at a much higher level. She can actually do light house work without the oxygen, and can enjoy the outdoors again. Her doctor was amazed that she is building health now previously he told her she would continue to get worse and eventually it would take her life.  This tells you just how powerful food is to our body.

What if I told you that the bran and the germ from rice is the single most nutrient dense food in the world.  Would you have guessed that rice bran and rice germ is the food I am talking about? Probably not.  It takes 20 to 30 pounds of brown rice to make one pound of the rice bran and rice germ.  Ounce for ounce no other single food has as deep and rich of a vitamin, mineral, essential fatty acid, enzymatic, phytonutrient and antioxidant content.

Rice bran and rice germ ( for brevity sake rice bran) is hypoallergenic and is gentle enough for even infants yet a super powerhouse of health ( in depth detail ) for adults!.  The bran and germ of the rice is where about 85% of the nutritional power of the rice kernel is stored. The bran part of rice is extremely nutrient dense. Only recently, technology has developed methods for stabilizing the healthy oils in rice bran and germ. An enzyme in the bran causes the oil in the bran to go rancid very quickly. Now the bran of the rice kernel can be removed and stored for a longer period without damaging the super nutrition contained in the bran part of the rice kernel.

Rice bran has many health promoting benefits as well as providing an abundant source of energy. Several studies have shown that rice bran has cholesterol lowering abilities, blood sugar stabilizing ability for type I and type II diabetics. Furthermore a *study stated that ” Diseases in which preventive and/or nutraceutical effects have been detected include: cancer, hyperlipidemia (high blood cholesterol), fatty liver, hypercalciuria ( high concentrates of calcium in the urine), kidney stones, and heart disease. In addition, rice-bran products may have potential applications as nutritional ingredients in the context of their utility in functional foods.” Source: Jariwalla RJ. California Institute for Medical Research, San Jose, CA, USA.

Stabilized rice bran is the new super natural health super food! Rice bran contains an amazing array of advanced nutrients and antioxidants which assist you in maintaining your overall health. The nutritional value of rice bran is vastly superior to other brans and works with your body naturally for optimal vibrant health.

Studies have shown rice bran has over 100 antioxidants & co-factors. Stabilized Rice bran has just about all the essential vitamins and minerals you would ever need for natural health maintenance, weight management and instant energy.

Rice bran is superior – it has an astounding quantity of other healthy nutrients such as phytosterols, polysaccharides, beta-sitosterol, natural fiber, Vitamin E complex, plus a large complement of B vitamins. Rice bran also boasts an array of essential vitamins and minerals, gamma oryzanol, plus it is a good source of Omega 3 & Omega 6.

Rice Bran In Your Diet:

  • Vital Nutrients
  • Phytonutrients
  • Full Amino Acid Profile
  • Quality Omega-3 & Omega-6 Fatty Acids
  • Powerful Antioxidants including:
    • Alpha-lipoic Acid
    • Ferulic Acid
    • Gamma-Oryzanol
    • IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate)
    • Phytosterols
    • Tocotrienols  (complete  forms of vitamin E )

Protein — Stabilized rice bran has easily digested, hypoallergenic essential amino acids that are necessary for building human protein. These include Tryptophan, Histidine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine,  Isoleucine, Lysine, Valine, and Leucine.

Complex Carbohydrates — unlike simple carbohydrates which can add to blood sugar and fat storage problems, healthy complex carbohydrates like those found in stabilized rice bran have a “low glycemic index” which means that they don’t cause spikes in your blood sugar. In fact, stabilized rice bran has been found to help normalize blood sugar.  One ounce of rice bran has less than 1 gram of carbohydrate.

Fiber — Stabilized rice bran has soluble and insoluble fibers  necessary for optimum digestive health, blood sugar regulation, lowered cholesterol, and the prevention of diabetes and heart disease.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) — Omegas 3, 6 & 9 help to strengthen  cellular membranes (so the bad stays out and the good stays inside cells). They also help with energy production (eliminating fatigue); transporting oxygen to the cells; removing waste from the cells; regulating hormones; reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness; reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol & increasing HDL “good” cholesterol, not to mention, improving your   complexion, mood, memory & concentration!

Enzymes — including Glutathione Peroxidase, Methionine Reductase, Polyphenol Oxidase, energy enhancing, immune boosting CoQ10,   Aspartate Amino Transferase Isozyme AAT-1 & AAT-2, Catalase, and Superoxide Dismutase (SOD), which is an especially powerful antioxidant.

Tocotrienols & Tocopherols (Complete Vitamin E family) — Tocols as a complete group are much more powerful than regular vitamin E. They are great for your cardiovascular system, your immune system, and your complexion! Stablized rice bran contains α-Tocopherol, β-Tocopherol,   γ-Tocopherol, δ-Tocopherol, αTocotrienol, β-Tocotrienol, γ-Tocotrienol, δ-Tocotrienol, Desmethyl-tocotrienol, and Didesmethyl tocotrienol.

Phytosterols and Sterolins (phytosterols glucosides) — These are natural phytonutrients with healthful properties that range from helping to fight free radicals, prevent cancer, reduce blood sugar and blood lipid levels, lower  cholesterol and ease menopausal  symptoms. Stabilized rice bran contains β-Sitosterol, Campesterol, Stigmasterol, Δ5-Avinasterol, Δ7-Stigmastenol, Sterol glucoside, Acylsterol glucoside  Oligoglycosylsterol, Gramisterol, Monoglycosylsterol, Dimethylsterol, Cellotetraosylsitosterol, Branosterol, Isofucosterol, Obtusifoliol, Sitostenol, Methylsterol, 28-Homosteasteronic  acids, β-Amyrin, 28-Homotyphasterol, Citrostadienol, and 6-Deoxycastasterone,

Calcium — which helps build strong bones, teeth and muscles; promotes healthy nervous system; has a calming effect on the nervous system; helps with proper functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system; and plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure, regulating blood  clotting, preventing cancers of the digestive tract and  decreasing mood swings, food cravings, and the pain, tenderness and bloating associated with premenstrual syndrome.

Magnesium — which is an essential element for proper functioning of the nervous, muscular and cardiovascular systems. It also helps with nerve and muscle functioning, helps relieve cramps and PMS, aids in bone formation, regulates heartbeat and helps to normalize blood pressure.

Potassium — which helps to regulate fluid balance, heart rhythms and blood pressure and helps with mental function by sending oxygen to the brain. It is required for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system.

Gamma Oryzanol Complex — this amazing anti-mutagenic group  includes Campesterol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartenol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartenol Cis-ferulate, Cycloeucalenol Trans-ferulate, Cycloeucalenol Cis-ferulate, Stigmasterol Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylenecycloartanol  Trans-ferulate, 24-Methylenecycloartanol Cis-ferulate, β-Sitosterol  Trans-ferulate, β-Sitosterol Cis-ferulate, β-Sitostenol Trans-ferulate,   β-Sitostenol Cis-ferulate, Stigmasterol Cis-ferulate, Stigmastenol  Cis-ferulate, Campesterol Cis-ferulate, Cycloartanol Trans-ferulate, Cycloartanol Cis-ferulate, Stigmastenol Trans-ferulate,  24-Methylcholesterol Trans-ferulate, and 24-Methylcholesterol Cis-ferulate. These help boost immune response, reduce inflammation, increase energy, metabolize glucose, regulate blood sugar, and more!

Polyphenols — including Ferulic acid, α-Lipoic acid, Methyl ferulate, ρ-Coumaric acid, ρ-Sinapic acid, Isovitexin, Proanthocyanidins. These have been shown to assist the immune system and to reduce the risk of  cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Metal Chelators — including Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium and Inositol Hexaphosphate (IP6). Getting heavy metals out helps to make sure that antioxidants don’t “turn to the dark side” and become pro-oxidized free radicals.

Carotenoids — Very effective free radical scavengers including Lutein,  α-Carotene, β-Carotene, Lycopene, Zeaxanthine, and Crytocyanthine.

B-Vitamins & Vitamin-like substances — including Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Betaine, Dimethyl glycine, Inositol, Biotin, Choline, Folic acid, and Phytates. These can help prevent cancer and prohibit cholesterol buildup, support adrenal function, calm and support the nervous system, and aid in key metabolic processes.

Polysaccharides — including Cycloartenol-ferulic acid glycoside, Diferulic acid complex, Diferulic acid-calcium complex, Hemicelluloses, Arabinogalactan, Arabinoxylan, Xyloglucan, Proteoglycan, Glycoprotein,  Arabinofuranoside. These are known to help immune function lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and increase coronary artery capacity.

Phospholipids — including Phosphatidylserine, PhosphatidylCholine, Phosphatidylethanolamine, Lysophophatidylcholine, Lysophosphatidylethanolamine. Phospholipids helps support the growth and renewal of cellular membranes, forming an important barrier to filter toxins out. They also act as cellular antioxidants when free radical “bullets” try to penetrate the cell. Phospholipids are also thought to prevent depletion of the   neurotransmitter choline, improving mental focus, brain function, and both  mental and physical stamina.

*Study: Rice-bran products: phytonutrients with potential applications in preventive and clinical medicine. Jariwalla RJ. California Institute for Medical Research, San Jose, CA, USA.

Rice bran research on it effects in preventing, reducing and managing high cholesterol and diabetes.

Make sure the rice bran you buy is from a reliable source providing a high quality product.  I feel we offer a superior rice bran at the lowest price.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. Products and information presented herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.