“Black Rice is a hybridization of different types of brown rice which was already being grown in China 14,000 years ago: it was called “forbidden rice” because for centuries it was very difficult to produce and so the meager but precious harvest went to the upper classes.
This specific type of rice is the richest in antioxidants and is used in cosmetics because it stimulates metabolism and makes the skin softer and more elastic. Moreover, its bran is rich in molecules that allow its components to be absorbed by the skin more easily, thus guaranteeing deeper nourishment. A very important component of Black Rice is gamma-oryzanol, which can be found in its oil extract and protects the skin’s lipids from oxidation. Its main cosmetic application is thus dry skin and dermatitis, but it is also used to prevent freckles and age spots.
It is no coincidence that Black Rice’s properties are contained in the Hydra Brightening face care line, which was created for women with dry and dull skin: hydration is not only important for beautiful and radiant skin, it also protects it from external aggressions and prevents aging.
As a confirmation of this rice’s beneficial qualities, clinical studies have proven that because of its antioxidant properties certain degenerative diseases are less common in regions where black rice is consumed a lot. For this reason, modern nutritionists agree that this cereal should become part of our daily diet again: even if a plate of black rice contains quite a lot of calories, most of the fats that compose it are considered “good” and fundamental for a healthy organism. Moreover, Black Rice can also be eaten by celiacs and by people with diabetes, since it is gluten-free and has a low glycemic index. It is also rich in fiber, which makes it helpful for those who suffer from a slow intestine.
Finally, ancient legends tell of Black Rice’s aphrodisiac powers, so much so that one of the names it goes by is “Riso Venere” (Venus Rice), in memory of the Roman goddess of love and peace.”