This little known endemic species of medicinal rice, native to Kerala has received its most deserved limelight in the recent years due to its extraordinary benefits compared to our daily white rice.
Holding several medicinal and nutritional properties, Navara Rice also called as Sashtika in ayurveda is highly acclaimed in ancient texts of Vedas and also tagged as the best rice of all, having the powers to amend the nervous, circulatory, digestive, immune and respiratory systems.
Now lets count the TOP 10 goodness Navara rice offers to we humans.
1. A Superfood
Being rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants like flavonoids, polyphenols and vitamins and minerals it has acquired the superfood status.
Compared to other red and brown rice varieties Navara has 16.5% higher protein, 44% higher fibre content, and in an average 25% higher in Vitamin B complex. Also significantly higher in calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Consuming Navara keeps anemia and osteoporosis at bay. Keeping your body rejuvenated by constantly helping in growth and repair.
2. Increases weight of foetus and low birth weight babies
Navara porridge is a good weaning food for infants, especially for the babies with low weight. Also Navara rice and meat broth when given to pregnant women effectively aids in increasing the foetal weight. The Navara Rice gruel made with milk helps in improving lactation.
3. Relieves pains
Navara rice bran oil is used for a wide range of aches and painful conditions like the cervical, spondylosis, low backache, paralysis, and rheumatoid arthritis. The paste of Navara Rice effectively reduces the pain caused by a snake bite.
4. Treats Psoriasis
Ayurveda reveals that the paste of Navara rice is effective in treating skin lesions and psoriasis.
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5. Good for the nervous and circulatory system.
It is also said to be beneficial towards treating neuromuscular disorders like paralysis, cleansing the body and improving blood circulation. It also eases fatigue.
6. Good for the digestive system
It’s good for the gut health and thus for your digestive system. The high fibre content softens and bulks up the stool and cleanses your intestines. It is also found to be beneficial for people suffering from stomach ulcers. It prevents liver cirrhosis, keeping the liver healthy.
7. Good for the immune system
Navara rice is one species among all which contains Vitamin C and has the capability to stimulate the production of white blood cells. The infamous Karkidaka kanji or Marunnu kanji (Rice Starch) is especially served during monsoons in Kerela due to Navara rice’s ability to boost one’s immune system.
8. A beauty care ingredient
Navara takes the front seat in keeping one’s beauty intact and in improvising. Being a good source of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, navara is the next big thing in the world of anti-aging potions. Regular consumption of navara rice keeps you youthful and rejuvenated.
9. A boon for diabetics who are rice lovers
The gruel/ kanji made of Navara rice is considered beneficial in preventing several other diseases and safe for people suffering from diabetes as its glycemic index is very low.
10. Effective in keeping urinary system healthy
Navara rice is kidney friendly & relieves urinary tract infections especially in the children.
Now don’t you think this superfood is really as worth as gold and could anybody ever say no to Navara Rice – even the diabetics?