The hair like structure covering the corn is called corn silk. In this article, we’re going to present you some uses that will make you never throw it away again!
Corn silk is actually the strands found under the green color outer covering of the corn. Kids usually love it because it resembles doll hair. Many people just throw it away because we don’t know that it has so many uses and it can benefit us so much.
Here are some of the amazing benefits of corn silk:
Prevents Kidney Stones:Corn silk has been used to prevent kidney stone since ancient times. Kidney stones are mostly formed by the accumulation of small crystals in the kidney. It helps in the proper flow of urine that prevents the accumulation of crystals, but it does not remove the stone that is already in the kidney.
Assists in blood clotting:Corn silk contains vitamin K which helps in blood clotting. Vitamin K makes sure that you don’t lose excessive blood from your body when you get hurt hence helping it clot and preventing blood loss.
Controls blood sugar:Some studies show corn silk as an agent that controls the blood sugar levels. It increases insulin levels and aids in the repair of damaged cells in the pancreas, where insulin is produced.
Control cholesterol:It also controls the cholesterol in the body. High cholesterol leads to several heart diseases. The consumption of outer silk of corn can help in keeping you away from the heart-related ailments.
Diuretic properties:It possesses diuretic properties which help you flush out excessive fluids and toxins from the body hence preventing the risk of cardiovascular disease and Urinary tract infecting (UTI).
How To Consume Corn Silk?
Corn silk cannot be consumed, but you may prepare it like this:
- Boil water and add corn silk. Serve it hot or cold. You can add lemon juice to enhance the taste.
- Put some corn silk in a jar full of water and keep the jar under direct sunlight for a day. In the evening, add some honey to that water and drink.
- Use only organically grown corns and not the ones sprayed with pesticide!
NOTE: Don’t consume corn silk excessively! If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before using corn silk because it might lead to miscarriage!
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