Purple corn (Zea mays) is fast approaching classification as a useful food, an essential component of the diet that provides energy and vital nutrients.
Purple corn (often referred to as blue corn) is botanically the same species as regular table corn. By a twist of nature, purple corn produces kernels with one of the deepest shades of purple found anywhere in the plant “kingdom.” Modern research has shown that purple corn contains cell-protecting antioxidants with the ability to inhibit carcinogen-induced tumors in rats.
Delving deeper, the most abundant anthocyanin found in purple corn, called “C3G” (3-0-D-glucoside6,7), also known as cyanidin-3-O-glucopyranoside, eight has been keeping researchers very busy lately. In several tests designed to assess the potential health benefits of this anthocyanin, one study after another has proven its antioxidant strength.
C3G displays were significant in vitro antioxidant activity. In one study, C3G came out on top when compared to 13 other anthocyanins in the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) assay, which tests for antioxidant activity. The strength of C3G was 3.5 times that of Trolox® (a synthetic and potent antioxidant analog of vitamin E). To date, the radical scavenging/antioxidant capacity of C3G has demonstrated in at least a dozen different assays. In one in vitro study, C3G tested for the potential to prevent damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light. Its ability to inhibit the oxidation of fat cells induced by UVB light was at least 40 times that of vitamin E; yet, vitamin E is a weak inhibitor of UVB-induced lipid oxidation because it rapidly breaks down under UV light. Oxidative stress and immune suppression caused by UV light are well-known for their role in the induction of skin cancers.
Purple Corn Great for Weight Loss
What would happen if rats were fed C3G as part of a high-fat diet? To find out, researchers in Japan compared the body weights of male mice fed a high-fat diet with another group fed the same high fat diet but with the addition of purple corn color, which provided C3G. Results compared to 2 control groups: one fed a normal diet and one fed a regular diet with C3G. After 12 weeks, the results were noticeable: mice in the purple corn high fat group showed significantly fewer signs of developing obesity, yet exhibited no significant difference in food consumption compared to the control groups with or without the purple corn in their feed.
Purple corn helps with Colon Cancer
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. It is estimated in 2015 that about 93090 cases of colon cancer will be diagnosed, and 49700 colorectal cancer‐related deaths will occur. The benefits of consuming purple corn on colon cancer development have been studied by researchers internationally. In a study with male F344/DuCrj rats, purple corn showed a significant reduction of colorectal carcinogenesis induced by 1,2‐dimethylhydrazine (DMH) and 2‐amino‐1‐methyl‐6‐phenylimidazo. Fewer incidences of macroscopic colon nodules and lower average number of aberrant crypt foci were observed in rats fed with purple corn and receiving PhIP, suggesting purple corn exerted protective effects against PhIP‐induced promotion of colon tumor development. Any evidence of adverse effects did not accompany the anti-carcinogenic effects of purple corn color. Subsequent in vitro cell studies also supported the findings of the in vivo study.
Powerful antioxidant activity
Promotes healthy aging
Supports healthy glucose and lipid metabolism
Ingredients: Wild harvested Purple corn
Parts Used: Cob-kernels
Forms: Two ounces of powder or 60 vegetable capsules (550-600 mg).
How to use:
Powder: Take 1/2 tsp of dried powder in 8 oz. glass of favorite juice or smoothie once a day.
Capsules: Take 1 capsule 2 times a day with water or favorite beverage.
The gel caps we use are Vegicaps (vegetable) and are all-natural. No Animal By-Products, Starch Free, Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Ethylene Oxide, and Sulfite FREE!
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