Corn silk is the hairy part of the corn which we usually throw away when we peel our corn. However, after reading this article we believe that you will stop doing that.
Most of you when you were children played with it as a doll’s hair, but it offers many other advantages. These strands, placed under the green color outer covering of the corn, are very beneficial for the overall health.
Amazing Health Benefits of Corn Silk
- Prevents Formation of Kidney Stones
Traditionally, corn silk has been used to prevent the formation of kidney stone. The stones in the kidney are formed by the buildup of small crystals in the kidney. Corn silk assists in the proper flow of urine and hence preventing buildup of crystals. Yet, it cannot remove the present stone in the kidney.
- Regulates cholesterol
Corn silk can help in managing cholesterol in the body. As you well know high cholesterol can cause several heart diseases, therefore consuming corn silk can aid in the prevention against heart-related ailments.
- Manages blood sugar levels
According to recent studies corn silk’s ability to control blood sugar levels has been confirmed. Namely, it elevates insulin levels and helps in the repair of damaged cells in the pancreas, where insulin is produced.
- Helps in blood clotting
Corn silk has vitamin K in its content which helps in blood clotting. This vitamin is responsible for not losing excessive blood from your body when you are hurt as it helps to clot.
- Diuretic properties
Thanks to the diuretic properties of corn silk your excessive fluids and toxins will be easily flushed out of your body thereby preventing the risk of cardiovascular disease and Urinary tract infecting (UTI).
Consumption of Corn Silk
It cannot be consumed in a raw form. Here is the way how to consume it:
- First boil water and add corn silk in it, it can be either hot or cold. Then add lemon juice to enrich the taste. Next, transfer the corn silk in a jar full of water and store the jar under direct sunlight for a day. In the evening just include some honey to the jar and drink the water.
For this beverage, use only organically grown corns without any pesticide.
NOTE: Excessive consumption of corn silk is not recommended especially if you are expecting as it might lead to miscarriage.
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