Health Care Benefits
One cup of corn provides 18.4% of the daily recommendation of fiber. Its high fiber content is one of the biggest benefits of corn. Though it is 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.
Prevent Heart Disease
The folic acid in corn is now known to be an important factor in preventing heart disease, according to studies that show folic acid can prevent a buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the body. Long-term elevation of homocysteine has been linked to higher rates of heart disease; folic acid helps break it down. The soluble fiber in corn binds with cholesterol in bile from the liver. It then passes from the body taking the cholesterol with it.
Corn has significant medical efficacy in managing diuresis, dicholestasis, in lowering blood pressure and the blood sugar. The presence of sitisterol and wood fibers in corns has medical efficacy in managing diuresis and promoting the secretion of bile, and has unique cure for those having nephritis, hypertension and obesity; the presence of lecithin on corns, can dissolve and remove cholesterol plaques around the blood vessels, and can prevent arterio sclerosis.
Other Health Care Benefits
Fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and help reduce the risk of colon cancer. Fiber is also useful in helping to lower blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Its effectiveness in the prevention of cancer is quite significant. The presence of anti-oxidants in corns, is a factor in longevity, and due to the traces of glutathione, it forms the main delivery channel for oxygen, to allow normal cell breathing, and at the same time the glutathione also helps to stop the supply of molecular oxygen to any malignant tumour, resulting in the discharge of those carcinogenic substances from the digestive system after detoxification
Corn contains beta-carotene, which increases supplies of hemoglobin, a protein that delivers oxygen to cells, preventing fatigue. In addition, one cup of corn daily strengthens hair follicles with potent antioxidants like Vitamin C and lycopene; enabling our bodies to neutralize the UV generated free radicals than can weaken hair, Moever, these compounds also increase production of collagen, Collagen assists in maintaining smooth skin and hair.
Corn also contains zeaxanthin and lutein phytonutrients that help promote the health of the heart and the eyes. The lutein in yellow corn and yellow corn food products can protect against heart disease and macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition of the eye which is typically seen in older age.
The folic acid in corn is now known to be an important factor in preventing neural-tube birth defects.