Corn silk is the long shiny fiber found at the top of an ear of corn. It contains antioxidants, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. For centuries, traditional Chinese and Native American medicine have been using corn silk as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments.
Corn Silk and Its Anti-inflammatory Effects
According to research, corn silk has anti-inflammatory properties that can provide help for those suffering from inflammatory diseases.
In a study conducted by a team from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine in Daegu, Republic of Korea, mice were used to determine the effects of anti-inflammatory properties of corn silk. Acetic acid was given to the mice to cause abdominal writhing as well as xylene to induce ear edema. However, after treating them with corn silk extract, inflammation was reduced and the abnormal writhing was relieved.
Based on the results, the researchers concluded that corn silk extract can help provide treatment for inflammation-related health problems without harming healthy cells. Results of this study were published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine.
Other Health Benefits Of Corn Silk
In addition to reducing inflammation, corn silk can also be used for the following:
Helps Maintain Kidney Health And Circulation
Corn silk has been used to prevent infections in the kidney as well as the development of kidney stones. Due to this, the herb can help lower high blood pressure in the circulatory system.
Helps Keep The Heart Healthy
Studies revealed that corn silk consumption can help prevent hardening of the arteries, lower our risk of blood clots, and reduce high blood pressure. This mainly due to its diuretic action.
Helps Treat Urinary Tract Problems
Corn silk has diuretic effects, which means that it stimulates urination. This can be beneficial for treating urinary tract infection. It is also used as a natural antibiotic when treating UTI. To reap these benefits, we simply need to take corn silk tea 3 times every day.
Helps Prevent Diabetes
For those suffering from diabetes, corn silk can greatly help. According to studies, corn silk tea can help increase insulin levels, thus keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Helps Reduce Risk Of Gout
Due to its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, corn silk can help reduce swelling and pain associated with gout. Drink 3 cups of corn silk tea a day to relieve pain.
Helps Detoxify the Organs
Regular consumption of corn silk can help detoxify the kidneys, bladder, and liver thus helping them function at their best. It can be a possible remedy for jaundice and other liver ailments and also can balance out hormone production, thus soothing the effects of premenstrual syndrome.
Helps Improves Digestion
Corn silk has a cleansing ability that can help with indigestion and improve poor digestion. It works by stimulating the secretion of bile by the liver. This bile is stored in the gallbladder, thereby resulting in proper digestion of food.
How To Make Corn Silk Tea
We can enjoy the benefits mentioned above by drinking corn silk tea. We simply need to boil 1 tablespoon of chopped corn silk in a cup of water. Once it is done, cover the pan and allow it to steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Add raw a teaspoon of raw honey once it is cold enough to drink. The remaining tea can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.