The glutinous or sticky rice has a warming property and is very helpful to the spleen, stomach and other organs of the digestive tract. According to the Chinese philosophy, these organs, in turn, transfer energy and blood to the limbs and warm these organs. This results in improved immunity against respiratory ailments like cold and cough, heavy or puffy limbs, bloating, constipation, and other digestive problems.
The sticky rice contains the micronutrient, zinc. Zinc helps to maintain and stabilize your immune system, all year round. This mineral is especially very vital to women for their general growth and development. Zinc boosts immunity by regulating and improving the production of white blood cells which fight bacteria. A deficiency of zinc results in a weak immune system and even retardation of growth.
Sticky rice also provides you with essential potassium. An adequate amount of potassium balances the excess sodium in the blood and decreases the blood pressure. Moreover, it also provides insoluble dietary fiber which helps to flush out the cholesterol present in the blood and prevents the onset of several heart diseases.