Rich in Selenium Brown rice is rich in selenium which reduces the risk for developing common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis. Brown rice is highly beneficial for a healthy heart. Its fiber content helps reduce blockage in the arteries due to plaque buildup.
A 2005 study published in the American Heart Journal reports that higher intake of cereal fiber and whole-grain products is associated with less progression of coronary atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women with established coronary artery disease.
Another 2014 study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine suggests that brown rice replacement in the diet may be useful to decrease the inflammatory marker level and several cardiovascular risk factors among non-menopausal overweight or obese females.
In a recent 2016 study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, researchers concluded that the intake of whole grains is considered to have significant benefits in preventing chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, because of the contribution of phenolic compounds.