This article is about the amazing health benefits of corn silk and why you should never throw them away. For people who don’t know what corn silk is; they are the thread-like strands that can be found under the outer covering of corn. They usually run the length of an ear of corn and most people throw them away because they have no knowledge of the health benefits provided by these silky tassels.
Corn silk can be beneficial to us in a number of ways;
Stops Formation of Kidney Stones
Kidney stones are formed when small crystals accumulate in the kidney. Right from the ancient times, people have made use of corn silk to prevent the formation of kidney stones. Corn silk aids the correct flow of urine thereby preventing the crystals from accumulating. However, in a situation where the stones have been formed already, it cannot help in removing them from the kidney.
Blood Sugar Control
Recent research has shown that corn silk controls the levels of blood sugar in the body by increasing the level of insulin and also helping in the healing of damaged pancreatic cells thereby boosting the production of insulin.
Corn silk can help in the prevention of heart diseases and several other cardiovascular ailments resulting from the buildup of High levels of cholesterol in the body.
Aids Blood Clotting
Corn silk contains vitamin K. Vitamin K is required by the human body for blood clotting which guarantees that you don’t lose an excessive amount of blood from an injury.
Corn silk aids the expulsion of toxins and other excessive fluids from the body thereby reducing your exposure to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and heart diseases.
Before you can use corn silk you would have to prepare it in the following ways;
Always use organically grown corn. Do not use corn that has been sprayed with pesticides.
- Method 1
Boil some water then add some corn silk to it. Improve the taste of the drink by adding some lemon juice to it. The drink can be served hot or cold.
- Method 2
Fill up a jar with water, then add some corn silk to it. Store the jar under direct sunlight until the evening. Add some honey to the drink, then serve.
NOTE: Excessive consumption of corn silk should be avoided. During pregnancy, you’re advised to consult your doctor before consuming corn silk because it may lead to a miscarriage.
Source: Super Tasty Recipes