Although many people may not know, corn is a very healthy food and helps the body in various aspects. It is inexpensive and virtually available to all and sundry.
This article takes a look at four benefits of corn to the body.
- Fights cancer
Research has shown that the anti-oxidants found in corn can fight cancer causing free radicals. Corn is also known to be rich in phenolic compound and ferulic acid which is effective on fighting tumors in the breast and liver.
Recent researches have also shown that corn can support the growth of friendly bacteria in our large intestine, these bacteria are turned into SCFAs. These SCFAs can supply energy to our intestinal cells and thereby help lower our risk of colon cancer.
- Supports weight loss
Corn is rich in vitamin B1, vitamin B5, folate, dietary fibre, vitamin C, phosphorous, manganese and more. Milled yellow corn, such as corn meal and corn flour products, is especially rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins.
These anthocyanins, according to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, have significant potency against fat cells and can be used to prevent weight gain.
- Keeps the brain sharp
Corn contains Thiamin, a chemical substance responsible for the production of energy and the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter essential for memory.
Consuming corn on a regular basis would therefore help to keep the memory sharp and protect it from diseases like Alzheimers.
- Ensures good sight
Sweet corn is a variety of corn that contains the antioxidant zeaxanthin.
The zeaxanthin, responsible for the yellow color of the corn, has a protective effect against eye-related diseases such as macular degeneration. Sweet corn also contains folate and beta carotene, which can also fight macular degeneration.