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You may not hear about them much, but antioxidants are an important part of staying healthy and aging well.
Here are some potential benefits* of the antioxidants found in our Antioxidant Power Pack, a combination of Red, Purple and Nature's Blend:
Many phytonutrients can reduce inflammation in the body. While inflammation is the body's natural response to damage, chronic inflammation has been linked with many medical conditions ranging from connective tissue diseases to cancer.
Some phytonutrients support immune system function and can have specific effects. For example, some phytochemicals act as anti-microbial agents, reducing the chance that pathologic (bad) bacteria or viruses will divide and grow in the body. They may also help to modulate the immune system, helping to maintain the very delicate balance between an overactive immune system (that can lead to autoimmune diseases) and an underactive immune system (that can predispose to infections or cancer).
Recent studies have found evidence of neuroprotective effects with some phytonutrients in people who have conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
Blocking the Formation of Carcinogens
Some phytonutrients may prevent substances in food or the environment from becoming carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) in the first place.
In addition to the functions above, some phytochemicals can help in DNA repair (repairing mutated genes that can lead to cancer), slow the growth of tumors, or facilitate apoptosis (the process of cell death that gets rid of abnormal cells).
Purple Rice is a specialty whole-grain Aromatic. Its deep rich color comes from a natural plant compound called anthocyanin, which is also found in blueberries, and it contains more antioxidants than a typical whole-grain brown rice.
Our specialty whole-grain Red Rice has a beautiful color that comes from a natural plant compound and antioxidant called proanthocyanidin, which is also found in dark chocolate, and contains more antioxidants than a typical whole-grain brown.
Nature's Blend is a long, whole grain aromatic rice that has been cross-pollinated in the field and harvested as a blend straight out of the ground. Its unique combination of Aromatic Purple, Red and Brown Rice has a nutty texture and is full of nutrition and antioxidants. This variety becomes a beautiful, deep purple when cooked.
All varieties are sustainably grown, milled, and packaged at Ralston Family Farms.
*Source: "The Importance of Phytonutrients for Your Health." https://www.verywellfit.com/phytonutrients-phytochemicals-2242002