Corn Benefits

Health Benefits of Corn

"Welcome to the Empire Of The Mighty King Corn"

As the Lion rules the jungle it is not  wrong to say this for the Corn too. I bet that   once you read my article the corn would have a real good fan following of its own. Find it out for yourself

Corn and products made from corn improve the lives of many in thousands of little ways. Often, consumers don’t even know corn is present, let alone know the role it plays. But if corn and its products weren’t available, many common products would be less useful, more expensive, and even unavailable. Here are some examples of the little annoyances and bigger problems we would face without CORN----

What if the mighty corn didn’t exist?

-No frozen pizza! Freezing pizza is a problem, because the moisture in the sauce can migrate into the crust, making it so soggy it’s unappealing to eat. Modified corn starch is used to provide a barrier that prevents Water migration and keeps the crust crisp.

-On a low-fat diet? Say thank you for corn. Many low-fat foods depend on corn-derived food starches to provide qualities that used to come from fats. Examples include everything from low-fat salad dressing to Baked goods and meat products.

-Frustrating wallpaper. If you’ve installed wallpaper, you know how important it is to have time to adjust each strip accurately. Repositioning is possible because the wallpaper paste is made with corn starch Modified to slow down its adhesive action.

-Daily bread buying. Corn syrup prevents waste and saves consumers money by keeping bread fresh longer. By retaining moisture, corn syrup keeps baked goods from drying out too quickly and going stale.

-Brown lettuce leaves. Many fruits and vegetables start to turn an unattractive brown once they’re cut and exposed to air. Citric acid, recognized as a safe food ingredient, can prevent browning…and much of the   U.S. supply of citric acid is made from corn sweeteners.

-No coloring for kids. Whether playing with chalk on the sidewalk or crayons in school, American children rely on corn. Corn starch is used as a binder to help such products hold together better when in use. It may also be used to dust molds during the manufacturing process so that brand-new crayons pop out undamaged.

-We are sleeping with corn. A whole new family of corn products includes pillows and comforters stuffed with 100% corn fill and blankets woven
                                                   Such products are environmentally friendly because they take less energy to produce than many synthetics and they can be composted back into natural components.
-Drippy lollipops. Candy makers began using corn syrups in lollipops and other hard candies generations ago because the syrups hold moisture and prevent drips.

-Putting the "CRUNCH" in snack foods. Corn products are more popular than potato chips cheese puffs rely on corn ingredients to provide their crunch.

-Packing, storing and moving with corn. Corn starch provides the adhesive to glue down every little ridge in corrugated cardboard. Whether you're taking delivery on a new appliance,   Boxing old clothes or moving across country, you're using corn.

-Crystals in ice cream
                  As a box of ice cream goes in and out of freezers on the way home from the store and in the kitchen, it’s natural for crystals to develop in it. Part of the role corn sweeteners play in ice cream  and other frozen desserts is to keep crystals from developing.

-Help in reducing pollution.
Corn contributes in many ways to reducing pollution. Ethanol, used to reduce air pollution, is probably the best-known example. Others include the use of corn starch in industrial filters to reduce water pollution, and corn-based plastics like PLA (polylactic acid), which composts back into natural components after use. Fuel alcohol makes gasoline burn cleaner, reducing air pollution and it doesn't pollute the water

-No Marsh mallows? Marshmallows stay fresh longer because corn syrup keeps them from drying out too quickly. Corn ingredients are also used to make graham crackers, which means you can't enjoy without corn!

-No plaster board? As viewers of This Old House learned in one episode, corn starch, which helps bind the gypsum filling together, is an essential ingredient in manufacturing gypsum or plaster board for building walls.

No coke?  One bushel of corn sweetens more than 400 cans of Coca-Cola. So the no corn so coke!
                                                                                                    & MORE….The list could go on for the corn and its use in our daily life
The world without corn is really unbelievable!

Farmers grow corn on every continent except Antarctica. Corn is most popular and number one field crop. Corn leads all other crops in value and volume of production.

Each and every part of the corn plant has its own importance, value and thus the use it has many BEAUTY, MEDICINAL, CURATIVE AND NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS Other than the every day uses enlisted above

BENEFITS OF THE MIGHTY CORN-.
1.ANTIOXIDANTS PROPERTIES OF CORN-
Corn contains antioxidants which dissolve quickly and are immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. CORN is a rich source of antioxidants which fight the cancer causing free radicals. In fact, cooking increases the antioxidants in sweet corn.   Corn is a rich source of a phenolic compound ferulic acid, an anti-cancer agent which has been shown to be effective in fighting tumors in breast cancer and liver cancer. Anthocyanins, found in purple corn also act as scavengers of cancer-causing free radicals

2.  CADIO-PROTECTIVE ATTRIBUTES:
Corn oil has been shown to anti-atherogenic effect on the cholesterol levels, thus preventing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

3. PREVENTS ANAEMIA:
The vitamin B12and folic acid present in corn prevent anemia caused by the deficiency of these vitamins.

4.LOWERING LDL CHOLESTROL:
Consumption of corn husk oil lowers plasma LDL cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption by the body.

5.PROTECTION AGAINST DIABETES AND HYPERTENSION:
Consumption of corn kernels assists the management of non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and is effective against hypertension due to the presence of phenolic  phytochemicals in  whole corn..
 
6. SUPPORTS CARDIO-VASCULAR HEALTH:
Folate ,also known as , B-vitamin needed to prevent birth defects, also helps to lower levels ofhomocysteine, an amino acid that is an intermediate product in an important metabolic process called the methylation cycle. Homocysteine can directly damage blood vessels, so elevated blood levels of this dangerous molecule are an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease
 
7. EYE HEALTH:
The Age-Related Eye Disease Corn’s antioxidants may delay the advance of age-related macular degeneration. Yellow corn is rich in the carotenoid lutein, a phytochemical with antioxidant  properties that can lower the risk of age related vision loss. Age related vision loss is caused by gradual oxidative damage of the retina, and lutein may serve as antioxidants as well as a filter to protect   the retina from the oxidative effect of blue light.

8. GOOD FOR MEMORY
Severe Alzheimer’s patients have much lower plasma levels of lutein and beta-carotene, compared to mild Alzheimer’s patients .It suggest increasing intake of lutein and beta-carotene rich foods to slow the rate of cognitive decline. Corn is a good source of thiamin, providing about one-quarter (24.0%) of the daily value for this nutrient in a single cup. Thiamin is an integral participant in enzymatic reactions central to energy production and is also critical for brain cell/cognitive function. This is because thiamin is needed for the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter essential for memory, whose lack has been found to be a significant contributing factor in age-related impairment in mental function (senility) and Alzheimer's disease. In fact, Alzheimer's disease is clinically characterized by a decrease in acetylcholine levels.  Let us ensure not to forget corn as a staple food  in our healthy diet.

9. GOOD FOR PRODUCING ENERGY EVEN UNDER STRESS
In addition to its thiamin, corn is a good source of pantothenic acid. This B vitamin is necessary for carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism. Pantothenic acid is an especially valuable B-vitamin when you're under stress since it supports the function of the adrenal glands. A cup of corn supplies 14.4% of the daily value for pantothenic acid.

10. GOOD FOR CONSTIPATION
This popular food is high in fiber. In fact, it's notoriously hard to digest. But its insoluble fiber is tops at tackling common digestive ailments (like constipation and hemorrhoids) by absorbing water, which swells the stool and speeds its movement.

11. CORN BRAN AS A HEART PROTECTOR
Men who ate a low-fat diet plus 20 grams (less than a teaspoon) of corn bran each day for six weeks had a 13 percent drop in triglycerides, blood fats that contribute to heart disease than those who ate wheat bran showed no such change. The soluble fiber in corn binds with cholesterol in bile from the liver. It then passes from the body, taking the cholesterol with it and  when eaten everyday it can lower cholesterol in the body.

12. DIURETIC AGENTS
Swelling in the legs is often the result of water retention; by promoting urinary function, "grits" and  corn mush eaten regularly promote elimination.

13. BODY BUILDING FOODS
Corn is also a good source of Pantothenic acid which is a vitamin necessary for carbohydrate as well as protein and lipid metabolism in the body and  Magnesium helps in bone strength Corn oil is        especially useful for hypertension, and people with coronary heart problems. This product is considered by some to be among the top corn uses for health.

14. HELPFUL IN KIDNEY PROBLEMS AND RENAL DYSFUNCTION
It also contains trace minerals like selenium. Phosphorus is essential for maintenance of normal growth and normal kidney functioning.

15. RICH SOURCE OF CALORIES:
Corn is a rich source of calories and forms a part of the staple diet among many populations. The calorific content of corn is 342 calories per 100grams, among the highest in cereals.

16. PREVENTION OF COLORECTAL CANCER:
The fiber content of one cup of corn amounts 18.4% of the daily recommended amount. This aids in alleviating digestive problems such as constipation and hemorrhoids, as well as lowering the risk of colon cancer. The insoluble fiber in corn makes it good for those suffering from common digestive ailments, like constipation and hemorrhoids

17 RICH SOURCE OF VITAMINS:
Corn is rich in vitamin B constituents, especially Thaimin and Niacin. Thiamin is essential for maintaining nerve health and cognitive function. Niacin deficiency leads to Pellagra; a disease characterized by diarrhea, dementia and dermatitis and is commonly observed in malnourished individuals.. Deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women leads to birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects at birth. Corn provides a large chunk of the daily folate requirement. Yellow corn is a rich source of beta-carotene which forms vitamin A in the body, essential for maintenance of good vision and skin. The kernels of corn are rich in vitamin E a natural antioxidant essential for growth.

Traditional dishes made with corn often included a small amount of lime-not the fruit, but calcium oxide... Now we know why. The niacin (vitamin B3) in corn is not readily available for absorption into the body, and lime helps free this B vitamin, making it available for, Absorption

18. PROVIDES NECCESSARY MINERALS
 Corn contains abundant phosphorus apart from magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper. It also contains trace minerals like selenium. Phosphorus is essential for maintenance of normal growth, bone health and normal kidney functioning. Magnesium is necessary for maintaining normal heart rate.

19. REGULATES INTESTINAL AND LIVER FUNCTION
Its high fibre content promotes intestinal transit. cornmeal porridge that reduces cholesterol levels and improves intestinal functioning.

20. RELIEVES ITCHING
To sooth minor itching due to an insect bite, remove the bandage and apply a little cornstarch dissolved in a drop of water to make a paste that you apply directly to the skin for a few minutes; in   the case of itching caused by childhood diseases such as chickenpox, add a big handful of cornstarch to a warm bath; just a fifteen minute bath will temporarily reduce the irritation caused by the illness.

21. TREATS DIARRHEA
Cornstarch is an effective way of stopping diarrhea within a few hours

22. HELPS IN BUILDING IMMUNITY
Vitamin C which fights against diseases, cornflakes can improve your immune system. Cornflakes contain phosphorus, and a good balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat, making it a great    quick-energy food.

23. SUPPORTS LUNG HEALTH
Corn has a high beta – cryptoxanthin content, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties. High levels of dietary beta-cryptoxanthin were associated with reduced risk of lung cancer The beta-cryptoxanthin in corn makes it good for the health of the lungs and may even help prevent lung cancer

24. COSMETIC BENEFITS:
• Corn starch is used in the manufacture of many cosmetics and may also be applied topically to soothe skin rashes and irritations.

•  Corn products can be used to replace carcinogenic petroleum products which form major components of cosmetic preparations.

• Corn soap is great for cleaning oily skin.

• Corn starch was used for chapped skin and for bee stings.

• Corn oil was used for treating dandruff.

25. TRADITIONAL USES
• Corn meal formed a poultice for a headache and mixed with onion, for pneumonia.

• .  Cornstarch can prevent diaper rash.

• The "silk" of the corn (its threadlike stigmas) was dried and made into a tea that was used in particular for complaints of the urinary tract, such as kidney stone and bedwetting.

• Cornmeal gruel combined with cinnamon is used for diarrhea in infants.

• Corn starch was rubbed onto the blisters of poison ivy, used to treat nappy rash and, mixed with peach leaves, formed a poultice for boils.

• "Parched" corn was ground and boiled in sweetened milk and used to treat diarrhea and dysentery in children.

• It was also dusted onto the rash of prickly heat.

• Tea made from corn shucks was used to bring out the rash of measles.

• Warm corn whiskey was drunk for colds.

• Corn seems to have been a favorite remedy for the treatment of warts and corns.

• Nosebleeds could be prevented by wearing a necklace of red corn kernels as an amulet.

• Fabrics used to make your clothing are strengthened by cornstarch.

• The textbooks you study from and the books you check out of the library are bound with cornstarch.

• The ink used to print them contains corn oil. Ethanol is made from corn.

• They also used all parts of the corn plant. The husks could be braided and woven to make masks, moccasins, sleeping mats, baskets or cornhusk dolls.

• Corn is also used in such products as glue, shoe polish, aspirin, ice cream and cosmetics.

• Fresh corn silk quickly grows molds, and these were used medicinally for aiding labor.

• Corn meal was used as the basis for poultices, as well as being infused and drunk for stomach problems.

• Applied between the shoulder blades for a cough. It is composed of vinegar, mustard, and "Indian Meal".

It has been greatly honored for its ability to provide not only sustenance as food but shelter, fuel, decoration and more. Because of the vital role that corn played in the livelihood of many native cultures, it has been one of the important icons represented in the mythological traditions.

Now you know why I was singing the praises of the mighty corn! Corn is incredibly versatile, and it’s used in all kinds of dishes. You can find corn at every country worldwide, Corn has a composition of 80 % carbohydrate, 10 % protein, 4.5 % fat, 3.5% fiber, and 2% micro-nutrient. It’s a good source of fiber, and regular consumption is great for the colon. We create all kinds of products from corn, such as corn flour, corn oil, cornflake, corn syrup, popcorn, rice corn and corn soap.

Corn on the cob is a great seasonal treat. (White corn has more fiber than yellow.) When cutting it off the cob, try to get the whole kernel. Or cut the corn from the cob, then run the back of the knife down the rows to get it all. Buy mature corn, and cook it while it's still fresh. Husk just before cooking. Steaming corn is best, because boiling draws out some of the nutrients.                                                                                            
I recommend that you try Corn on the Cob. New ways of using corn are being developed every day. Our only limitation is our own thoughts.  Sky is the limit .So let it fly HIGH!

The author of this article, Priti Pasricha, is an experienced Academician and Counselor. She has been acting as a bridge between Teacher-Child-Parent Counseling for the past many years.She is a professionally trained n qualified Primary Teacher and for the past few years she has been working as a Centre Head with an Internationally reputed Chain of Primary Schools based at Delhi.
Besides her academic interest, she’s an explorer and a keen learner of the world around her with music and reading as her PASSION.

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