Corn silk is the hair like structure found covering the corn. After reading this article you will never throw it away. – By Deepti Verma:
Corn silk is the strands found under the green color outer covering of the corn. As kids, you must have been fascinated about it since they resemble a dolls 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 formed by the accumulation of small crystals in the kidney. It helps in the proper flow of urine that prevents the accumulation of crystals.
However, it does not remove the stone already in the kidney.
Assists in blood clotting:
It contains vitamin K which helps in blood clotting. Vitamin K makes sure that you don’t loose excessive blood from your body when you get hurt hence helping it clot and preventing blood loss.
Controls blood sugar:
In many recent studies corn silk has been proven 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.
It also controls the cholesterol in the body. High cholesterol leads to several heart diseases. Hence consumption of outer silk of corn can help in keeping you away from the heart-related ailments.
It has diuretic properties which helps 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 as it is. To benefit from corn silk.
- Boil water and add corn silk to it, serve hot or cold. Lemon juice can be added to enhance the taste.
- Put corn silk in a jar full of water and keep the jar under sun direct sunlight for a day. In evening add some honey to that water and drink.
Use only organically grown corns, not the ones sprayed with pesticide.
NOTE: It is not advised to consume corn silk in excess. Consult your doctor before using corn silk if you are pregnant as it might lead to miscarriage.