Akshata Rice is Hand Harvested and stored for six months in order for it to mature, before carefully milling, resulting in a deeper and richer flavour like a carefully crafted vintage champagne .
Noble women of the sri lankan aristocracy have been enjoying Suwandal rice to beautify their face, body and hair for over a 1,000 years. Ayurveda doctors have been promoting Suwandel for glowing skin even after Chemical depended Hybrid Rice was forced on to us… but now science can prove that their wisdom was well placed.
It is rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and traces of pitera, ceramides, Oryzanol….. need we say more..!
some may wonder why we call it “Miracle”, well based on the research, this is the “only” white rice variety with a GI value of less than 60 while having more antioxidants in just one cup than 30 cups of green tea !!
1. Antioxidants for Clear skin & re-generation
Suwandel has antioxidants (see above proof), and healing properties that help to improve circulation, prevent or fade age related spots, and ease inflammation to give you healthy, better moisturize and clear skin, this also offers mild protection from the sun.
the simple science is that Antioxidants are touted to reduce oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals—unstable atoms that have an unpaired electron in their outermost shell, The antioxidants act to sheathe the knife, binding with the unstable electron and stopping it from attacking collagen strands and other cells of the skin’s architecture hence a better and younger looking skin
2. Vitamins in Suwandel Rice for Glowing Skin
Vitamin B1 through Vitamin B6 – All the known essential water-soluble vitamins, without it the liver andmuscles cannot release stored carbohydrates. It is also needed for manufacturing niacin (vitamin B3), producing red blood cells and antibodies, and contributes to healthy skin, healthy digestion and a healthy central nervous system.
Vitamin E – with its .39mg of vitamin E per cooked cup, contains more than six times the amount found in other white rices, Vitamin E is an antioxidant, protecting the body from damage caused by the presence of unstable molecules or free radicals. Vitamin E is active in preventing destruction to the cell membranes and fat-soluble tissues of the body.
3. Traces of ‘Pitera’ for ageless skin
Pitera is the highly touted “miracle ingredient” that was discovered incidentally in the 1970’s, when scientists noticed the soft tender hands of sake brewers that sharply contrasted with their wrinkled and aged faces.
the existence of Pitera in Suwandel makes it easily the best rice for skin you could ever have as Pitera is touted as the anti-aging elixir due to its ability to promote cell regeneration, and help skin stay young and beautiful.
4. Ceramides for that beautiful fresh look
Ceramides are molecules that help the hair and skin retain moisture.These lipid molecules, which help your skin maintain its moisture When you eat naturally occurring ceramides, they get incorporated into the outer layer of your skin and help it maintain its hydration
further the existence of inositol a carbohydrate, that can repair damaged hair has made the Rice unique
5. Oryzanol for fairer skin
A study in Chiang Mai University,Thailand has found Oryzanol as a potential cosmetic raw- material. According to the study oryzanol helps in skin whitening, skin hydration and is anti ageing.
Oryzanol may help to maintain skin function by improvement of skin microcirculation, protection against lipid peroxidation and direct stimulation of sebaceous gland function
Suwandel and almost all Traditional rice (especially brown) varieties
6. Low GI to beat acne !
the significance of Low GI value is that it releases sugar slowly & in a sustained fashion, as a result it reduces absorption of Glucose to the Body. Several lines of recent scientific evidence have shown that individuals who followed a low-GI diet over many years were at a significantly lower risk for developing both type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and age-related mascular degeneration than others
But…did you know it also helps prevent acne form forming and ruining your face ?
A diet high in refined, processed foods can boost levels of blood sugar, making the body produce excess insulin, which creates the perfect conditions for pimples to appear, while lowering the glycemic impact of your diet may help reduce inflammation, which is the primary characteristic of acne.
In a study published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in July 2007, 43 males with acne, ages 14 to 25, consumed a diet containing 25 percent protein and 45 percent low-glycemic carbohydrates or a diet that emphasized carbohydrate-rich foods without regard to glycemic index for 12 weeks. By the study’s end, participants who consumed the low-glycemic diet showed greater blood sugar control and decreases in acne symptoms compared to the other group. Low-glycemic diets have also helped reduce acne symptoms in people with insulin resistance.
well, now you know why we call Suwandel a Miracle Rice, it has lasted for over a 1,000 years and our forefathers wood never have preserved these seeds and passed it down generations if it did not have medicinal properties.
All Traditional rice varieties have the following basic benefits;
1) Helps Reduce/prevention of Diabetic Conditions –
The High Fiber Content in these verities of Rice reduces the glycemic index (GI) to less than 55 which is known as Low GI , as a result it reduces absorption of Glucose to the Body. Several lines of recent scientific evidence have shown that individuals who followed a low-GI diet over many years were at a significantly lower risk for developing both type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and age-related macular degeneration than others
2) Reduces Cardio-vascular diseases –
Rice bran contain natural antioxidents such as oryzanol and tocotrienols. This property also reduces the cardio -vascular diseases.
One type of phytonutrient especially abundant in these types of rice are plant lignans, which are converted by friendly flora in our intestines into mammalian lignans, including one called enterolactone that is thought to protect against breast and other hormone-dependent cancers as well as heart disease.
3) Antioxidant properties –
It is concluded in a study done by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) (No.10715TG6) that, brans of Sri Lankan traditional red rice possess marked antioxidant properties and consumption may play an important role in prevention of oxidative stress associated chronic diseases. The most startling discovery is that it has more antioxidants than green tea which is significant advantage when promoting the rice
4) Micronutrient deficiencies/iron deficiency anemia –
affect all age groups in the country & influences the productivity- economic loss estimated 1.1% of GDP per capita, since our verities have high iron content and with low phytates and tannings, it is boosts energy levels
5) Helps Reduce/Prevent Fatty Liver –
The researchers, led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the Optimal Weight for Life program at Children’s Hospital Boston, fed mice either a high- or a low-glycemic index diet. After six months mice on the low-glycemic index diet were lean, with normal amounts of fat in throughout their bodies. Mice on the high-glycemic index diet had twice the normal amount of fat in their bodies, blood and livers.
When sugar melts out of high-glycemic index food, it drives up production of insulin, which tells the body to make and store fat. Nowhere is this message felt more strongly than in the liver, because the pancreas, which makes insulin, dumps the hormone directly into the liver, where concentrations can be many times higher than in the rest of the body. Fat buildup in the liver, or fatty liver, is usually symptomless, but it increases the risk for liver inflammation, which can progress to hepatitis and, in some cases, liver failure.
Which is why LOW GI foods are best for your health and what better meal than our traditional Rice with Low GI.
6) Best Source for Vitamin B –
Since Traditional rice has most of B complex vitamins, Minerals, amonino acid etc., its popularity is fast increasing. The B complex group plays various roles in the body’s ability to produce energy. Our rice contains varying amounts of vitamins B1 through B6
For example Vitamin B6 is essential for the proper maintenance of red blood cell metabolism, the nervous system, the immune system, and many other bodily functions. Over time, a deficiency in vitamin B-6 can lead to skin inflammation (dermatitis) depression, confusion, convulsions, and even anemia. Recent studies also suggest that a diet low in vitamin B6 increases risk of heart attack.
Rice bran contains the most vitamin B6 with 4.07mg per 100g serving, or 4.80mg (240% DV) per cup, 0.3mg (15% DV) per tablespoon. And It is the Number 1 food for Vitamin B6 beating Liver, Tuna, Pork etc!!
7) Its Gluten-Free..!! –
while gluten — a protein found in common grains such as wheat (BREAD), barley, and rye — has been a hot health topic, it’s much more than just a fad, For many people, foods with gluten can lead to severe digestive issues and, over time, serious conditions like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and intestinal cancers
8) Essential for Vegetarians –
Brown rice protein powder provides a supplemental source of dietary protein for vegetarians and/or vegans who cannot use animal proteins. Due to advances in protein extraction methods, brown rice protein can successfully be separated from the grain or starch. A typical product may contain anywhere from 20 to 24g of protein per one scoop serving. Since protein is an essential macro-nutrient often lacking in vegetarians, protein powders can help fill the nutritional gap
9) Allergen Free –
Some individuals simply cannot tolerate egg, milk and soy-derived protein due to allergies. For example, the milk sugar called lactose can cause severe allergic reactions that result in unwanted gastrointestinal side effects like nausea, bloating, diarrhea or vomiting. Traditional rice , contains no gluten, its organic and contains no artificial colors, sweeteners or filler but its tastes and has an Aroma that is exquisite.
10) Muscle recovery –
Muscles are structures made mostly from protein. Intense physical training or simply every day activities cause muscle to breakdown. The body uses dietary proteins to provide the amino acids for rebuilding the muscles, the proteins of Traditional rice are more slowly digested than whey or egg proteins, so its not only better but it also contains all of the necessary amino acids
11) Blood Sugar-
Blood sugar will spike in response to carbohydrate based foods thereby causing the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin to facilitate the storage of circulating nutrients. Large insulin spikes that result from high or simple carbohydrate-containing meals (e.g. white rice, white bread or sweets) may trigger fat storage and may lead to insulin resistance according to “The Fat Burning Bible” by Mackie Shilstone. This can also lead to subsequent drastic drops in blood sugar which result in fatigue. Having Traditional Rice helps to regulate this blood sugar and insulin effect to potentially prevent body fat storage.
12) Protects from Free Radicals-
Just one cup of brown rice will provide you with 88.0% of the daily value for manganese. This trace mineral helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol, which is used by the body to produce sex hormones. Manganese is also a critical component of a very important antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is found inside the body’s mitochondria (the oxygen-based energy factories inside most of our cells) where it provides protection against damage from the free radicals produced during energy production.
13) Reduces/controls Weight –
People eating Traditional Brown Rice do not put on weight. The high percentage of fiber and lecithin content present in it doesn’t change much into Carbohydrates. Where as the white rice and bread devoid of these contents makes you fat quickly.
In a study published by Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women’s Hospital,they collected data on over 74,000 female nurses aged 38-63 years over a 12 year period, they noticed weight gain was inversely associated with the intake of high-fiber, whole-grain foods but positively related to the intake of refined-grain foods like white rice/bread etc. Not only did women who consumed more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods, but those consuming the most dietary fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight compared to those eating foods made from refined grains.
14) Rich in Fiber and Selenium-
For people worried about colon cancer risk, Traditional Brown rice packs a double punch by being a concentrated source of the fiber needed to minimize the amount of time cancer-causing substances spend in contact with colon cells, and being a very good source of selenium, a trace mineral that has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In addition to supplying 14.0% of the daily value for fiber, a cup also provides 27.3% of the DV for selenium, an important benefit since millions do not get enough selenium in their diets, yet this trace mineral is of fundamental importance to human health.
15) Lower Cholesterol levels-
The oil in whole tradional brown rice lowers cholesterol.“Marlene Most” from Louisiana State University evaluated the effects of brown rice bran and rice bran oil on cholesterol levels in volunteers with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, they found that rice bran oil lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol
16) Anti Biotic-
Magnesium, another nutrient for which Tradional rice is a good source, has been shown in studies to be helpful for reducing the severity of asthma, lowering high blood pressure, reducing the frequency of migraine headaches, and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Magnesium helps regulate nerve and muscle tone by balancing the action of calcium. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as Nature’s own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from rushing into the nerve cell and activating the nerve. By blocking calcium’s entry, magnesium keeps our nerves (and the blood vessels and muscles they ennervate) relaxed. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or the spasms of the airways symptomatic of asthma), and migraine headaches, as well as muscle cramps, tension, soreness and fatigue.
17) Protective against Breast Cancer:
When researchers looked at how much fiber 35,972 participants in the UK Women’s Cohort Study ate, they found a diet rich in fiber from whole grains, such as traditional brown rice, and fruit offered significant protection against breast cancer for pre-menopausal women.
18) Helps Prevent Gallstones:
Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as Traditional brown rice, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.
Studying the overall fiber intake and types of fiber consumed over a 16 year period by over 69,000 women in the Nurses Health Study, researchers found that those consuming the most fiber overall (both soluble and insoluble) had a 13% lower risk of developing gallstones compared to women consuming the fewest fiber-rich foods.
The above details summarized below will show how Just one cup of Traditional Brown rice can be substituted for many other foods far more expensive or unavailable in Sri Lanka.
|Nutrients Rich In Traditional Rice||Positive effects of the Nutrients||Other foods Rich with the Nutrients|
|Selenium||a cup of provides 27.3% of the DV for selenium !an important trace mineral known to drastically reduce certain forms of cancer, as well as heart disease, inflammatory conditions and rheumatoid arthritis||Brazil Nuts ,Sunflower Seed, tuna, halibut, sardines, flounder, salmon, Meat (Beef, liver, lamb, pork), wheat germ, barley, oats|
|Manganese||Just one cup will provide with 88.0% of the daily value for four the nervous and reproductive systemsIt also acts as a co-factor for more than 300 enzymes, including enzymes involved in the body’s use of glucose and insulin secretion||Cocoa Powder and Dark Chocolate, Flax, Sesame Seeds, and Sesame Butter, Mussels, Oysters, and Clams|
|Naturally Occurring Oils||These heart-healthy oils reduces LDL forms of cholesterol||Corn, olives, Avocado, coconut, palm|
|phytochemicals||Studies show that six servings weekly can lower the creation of arterial plaque build-up and reduce chances of developing heart disease and high cholesterol. Simply because it contains disease-fighting phytochemicals||oats, barley, quinoa, sorghum, spelt, rye, corn|
|Antioxidant||Gone is the myth that the best antioxidants are blueberries and green tea, the ITI study shown above debunked this theory.||Cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, green tea, artichokes, Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts|
|Fiber||Just one a cup provides 14.0% of the daily value for fiberBecause of its fiber-richness and ability to keep healthy bowel function, the rice will “keeps things moving” in a way that promotes weight-loss and metabolic function. After one bowl of our rice, you’ll feel more full despite eating a smaller amount of food.||Corn, flax seeds, wheat, beans, figs, avocados, papaya|
|Low GI||Unlike white rice/white bread, These traditional Verities can help keep blood sugar stabilized as it releases sugars slowly and in a sustained fashion. new research shows that individuals who eat at least two servings of brown rice weekly can reduce their chances of developing diabetes 2 by up to 11 percent.||Green Peas, sweet corn, carrots, Broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes,Whole milk, cherries, apples|
|Phosphorous||an essential nutrient required for proper cell functioning, regulation of calcium, strong bones and teeth, and for making ATP (adenosine triphosphate) a molecule which provides energy to our cells. A deficiency in phosphorus can lead to lowered appetite, anemia, muscle pain, improper bone formation (rickets), numbness, and a weakened immune system.||Oats, Cheese, sesame seeds|
|Iron||It is a part of proteins and enzymes found throughout our body, including hemoglobin and myoglobin, both of which help carry oxygen in the blood. Iron is an important component of the muscles||Red meat, Egg yolks, Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards) ,Dried fruit (prunes, raisins) , Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)|
|Vitamin B6||Promotes a healthy central nervous and immune system. Aids in normal cellular growth and healthy skin. Helps to turn food into energy.||wheat germ, organ meats, chicken, eggs, fish, brewer’s yeast, carrots, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.|
|Tryptophan||An essential Amino Acid which are building blocks of protein||cottage cheese, meat, peanuts, and sesame seeds|
|Calories||basic unit of energy found in all foods and are necessary to maintain the body’s vital functions||Junk Food , fried food, Soybean, Peanut, Palm, Olive, Lard, Tallow, Fish Oil|
|Vitamin B1||Healthy heart & nervous system, optimizes metabolism & brain function. Aids in circulation, blood formation, growth, muscle tone, energy and learning. May be helpful protecting against Alzheimer’s disease||oats and yeast. Vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts. Poultry, fish and liver.|
|Vitamin B3||Healthy nervous system, skin, tongue, and digestive system. Aids in better blood circulation and energy. Lowers the bad LDL cholesterol levels and increases the good HDL|
|Unsaponifiables||A Natural remedy popular with arthritis patients||Avocado, Soybean|
|phytonutrients||anti-inflammatory promotes healthy liver funtion||Herbs, spices ,blackberries , cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, papaya, and melon|
|lignans||lowers cancer risk by preventing pre-cancerous cellular changes, as well as slow down the progression and movement of cancer cells, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower LDL cholesterol levels||Flaxseed, sesame and pumpkin seeds, and rye|
|Amylose and Amylopectin content||provides a high fiber source with a low glycemic index. The more amylose present, the lower the glycemic index. Diabetics may benefit from a diet high in amylose because of the slower insulin response, which prevents quick spikes in glucose levels.Research is being conducted on the benefits of a high amylose diet in the prevention of colon cancer and heart disease.||Potatoes, barley|
|Potassium||essential nutrient used to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. A deficiency in potassium causes fatigue, irritability, and hypertension||Dried Apricots, white beans, bananas, fish, yougurt|
|Gamma Oryzanol||convinces cells to burn sugar in the bloodstream so it doesn’t get deposited as fat in the hips or stomach areas.lowers LDL cholesterol in individuals, reduces hyperlipidemia, triglycerides, increases testosterone levels, stimulate the release of endorphins (pain-relieving substances made in the body), and promote the growth of lean muscle tissue, increasing insulin sensitivity in diabetics||bran wheat, herbs|
|Starch (amylum)||54 g in a cup of brown riceOfcourse rice is most common form of carbohydrate, good source of energy and the main source of a range of nutrients in our diet.||potatoes, bread, cereals and pasta|
|protein||Needed for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. They are also building blocks for enzymes, hormones, and vitamins.Although some think Rice is less in Protien, considering one cup of milk contains only 8 g of protein, Traditional rice is certainly a better option||Milk, meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts|