Bamboo Rice: An Exotic Luxurious Superfood that will Boost Your Health
Bamboo is one of the precious plant resources of the earth. It has played a significant role in human
civilization since ancient times and is still contributing to the subsistence of over two billion people living in the tropical and sub-tropical belts in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Traditional uses of bamboo are differing from region to region and people to people.
Bamboo rice is commonly considered as forest produce, since only tribal people has access to harvest of bamboo rice. Bamboo rice is uncommon in our country and in particular it is not available for general population. Hence it is considered as an exotic luxurious food product. Since Bamboo rice is packed with medicinal and nutritional benefits, it should be popularized among individuals to foster healthy eating pattern.
Bamboo Rice? Based on a study conducted in “Kani tribes, Kanyakumari district”
Bamboo has the peculiarity of flowering and seeding only after a long vegetative phase, and it varies from species to species.
Bamboo rice is exceptional rice that is grown out of a dying bamboo shoot. At the point when the bamboo shoot inhales its last breath, it flowers into a rare variety of rice seeds, which are known as bamboo rice. Bamboo seeds are naturally organic which are usually collected from wild forests.
The Bamboo’s life span varies from 25 years to 120 years. The longest mass flowering interval known is 130 years. Likewise, bamboo produces rice once in its lifetime.
The grains of the bamboo are locally known as Mungil Arisee (in Tamil) that means bamboo rice. When the bamboo seeds are matured, the tribals clean the ground around the plant and patch the floor by using cow dung. Every morning and evening, they collect the seeds that fall from plants on this clean floor. For protecting the seeds from the rodents, they use a traditional trap called Elipori (Rat trap).
Mostly women and children are actively engaged in the collection of bamboo seeds. Excess seeds are sold in the adjoining forest areas. Seeds of Bambusa arundinacea collected in Sampaji range of Karnataka by villagers are sold to the forest department, as well as for domestic consumption. It helps to empower and improve the economy of the tribal women. Edible bamboo shoots generate self-employment and ultimately reduce the unemployment problems in the North East region of Indian Peninsula.
After collection, the seeds are sun dried before storage. For long-term storage of large quantities, they
use huge earthen bins commonly called Kulukkai. The mouth of the storage bin is plastered by using mud and cow dung to protect against rodent attack. Mostly, they use the leaves of Azadirachta indica A. Juss. and Pongamia pinnata Vent as insect repellent. They have some common belief due to which they do not disclose the name of the plant species used for this purpose. For Less quantity of grain storage, they prefer small size earthen bins, Manpanai and hang it in the kitchen premise. It has been reported that the indigenous people of Meghalaya use mud and cow dung for plastering the storage bin and plant materials as insect pest repellents.
The study proved that the traditional knowledge largely remained with local tribal communities as a secret treasure.
Health Benefits of Bamboo Rice
1. Enhances Fertility
The health benefit of bamboo rice is studied extensively in the KANI TRIBES of Kanyakumari. The study has reported that consumption of the rice is beneficial in the reproductive ability and fertility of the tribe.
A study has shown that when bamboo seeds were fed to female rats, they become sexually active in a way that each female rat gave birth to around 800 offspring during the season of bamboo flowering. This explains that bamboo rice made from its seeds can cause change at chromosomal levels and improve the fertility in humans too. Bamboo oil extracted from bamboo seeds may also help treat endocrine and metabolic disorders which are the main cause of infertility in women.
2. Controls rheumatic pain and joint pain (arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
Inflammation is the main cause of chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. It is a disease that affects the joints and the bones. Bamboo contains a large number of bioactive compounds such as flavonoids, alkaloids and polysaccharides which are known to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. It may help reduce the inflammatory cytokines and control joint pain, rheumatoid and back pain.
3. May Control Diabetes
Bamboo rice contains a good concentration of linoleic acid, which is a potent antioxidant. As we know, polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS can induce glucose intolerance and increase the risk of diabetes, therefore consumption of bamboo rice can help improve the ovulatory functions in women with PCOS
and prevent the occurrence of diabetes.
4. Bamboo Rice Lowers Cholesterol
Bamboo rice contains high fibre and phytosterols, a plant sterol which is similar to cholesterol in the human body. Phytosterols decrease the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) by blocking their absorption.
Also, the fibre in bamboo rice helps give a feeling of fullness and lowers cholesterol.
5. Keeps Blood Pressure Under Control
Hormonal problems and high cholesterol are the main cause of blood pressure. Bamboo rice is effective in treating endocrine disorders due to its antioxidative activity while reducing cholesterol levels due to the presence of fibre. This may help reduce the thickening of arteries and manage blood pressure.
6. For Strong Nerves System and mood Swings
Bamboo-derived products have a wide range of protective effects, including its effects on nervous system disorder. Brown rice, derived from bamboo seeds, is known to have mood-regulating properties. It helps in the release of two vital neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine that help
boost the mood and improve brain functions.
7. Dental Health
A study talks about the protective effect of vitamin B6 against dental caries. Bamboo rice is abundant in vitamin B6. This essential vitamin may help protect the teeth from decay or breakdown caused by bacteria and prevent dental caries or cavities.  Vitamin B6 also helps in strengthening the teeth.
A good amount of phosphorus in bamboo rice can help relieve respiratory symptoms such as irritating cough and sore throats. Phosphorus is also known to have anti-asthmatic properties and may help relieve symptoms of chronic asthma.
9. Vitamin Deficiency
Bamboo rice is packed with essential B vitamins, especially B6 (pyridoxine). This vitamin is needed to produce red blood cells, functioning of nerves and cognitive development. Deficiency of vitamin B6 in both adults and children can cause anaemia, seizures, Alzheimer’s, and cognitive disorders. Bamboo rice consumption may help prevent the aforementioned conditions due to the presence of vitamin B6.
10. Rich Protein Source
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The presence of amino acids in bamboo rice may help prevent the deficiency of this nutrient and related disorders such as fatty liver, improper growth and development, skin, hair and nail diseases and inflammation
11. Improved Digestive Health
Fibre acts as a fuel for guts and helps boost digestive health. It promotes the movement of material in the gut and bulks the stool, which in turn, benefit the gastrointestinal system. Bamboo rice is packed with fibre and therefore, can be a part of a healthy diet to improve digestion.
12. Removes Toxins from the body
It cures kapha, pitta dosha and removes toxic substances from the body and cures the disease in which the vital humors (blood, yellow bile, black bile and phlegm – These Four Humours needed to remain balanced in order for people to remain healthy) of the body are excreted through urine.
Since the Bamboo Rice is one of the healthiest ancient wild grain presents in Reborn Century+, it becomes the next superfood that can boost your health and well-being. So, start consuming Reborn Century+ today. It becomes your best choice for your family’s health.