As one of the most widely distributed food crops in the world, the planting area of corn ranks third in the world after wheat and rice.
Corn has many uses. In addition to food, it can also be used to produce feed. Ethanol produced from corn starch is also an important clean energy source.
Nowadays, the value of corn has not only satisfied the stomach and intestines, it has become an important industrial raw material, maintaining the normal operation of society.
The latest research points out that corn contains an anti-cancer factor-glutathione.
Domestic and foreign nutritionists give corn a high evaluation. They believe that the glutathione contained in corn has anti-cancer effects. It can combine with a variety of carcinogens in the human body and make these substances lose their carcinogenicity;
The lignin contained in corn can increase the vitality of “macrophages” in the human body by 2-3 times, thereby inhibiting the occurrence of cancer;
Corn also contains a lot of mineral magnesium, magnesium in food has an obvious anti-cancer effect;
The cellulose contained in corn is a carbohydrate that cannot be absorbed by the human body. It can reduce the concentration of carcinogens in the human intestine and reduce the accumulation of toxin-secreting humus in the intestine, thereby reducing the incidence of colon cancer and rectal cancer.
What are Corn good for you
After eating, it can eliminate the hunger of obese people, but the calorie content after eating is very low, and it is also one of the substitutes for weight loss.
The glutathione contained in corn is an anti-cancer factor. It can combine with other substances to make it lose its carcinogenicity.
The carotene contained in corn can be converted into vitamin A after being absorbed by the human body, which has a certain anti-cancer effect.
Corn contains more plant cellulose, which has the function of moisturizing the intestines, and laxative, which can accelerate the excretion of carcinogens and other poisons, thereby reducing the possibility of colon cancer.
Scientists believe that from a health point of view, people’s consumption of corn oil is far more beneficial than eating peanut oil and other vegetable oils.
The coarsely ground cornmeal contains a large amount of leucine and glutathione, which can inhibit the side effects of anti-cancer drugs on the human body and also inhibit tumor growth.
Because glutathione can lock the growth of carcinogens like a yoke, make it detox, and eventually excrete it from the body.
Lower blood pressure
Abundant calcium can lower blood pressure, promote cell division, lower serum cholesterol, and prevent it from being deposited on blood vessel walls.
Therefore, corn has certain preventive and therapeutic effects on coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidemia, and hypertension.
Central American Indians are not susceptible to high blood pressure because they mainly eat corn.
American researchers also found in their studies that regular consumption of corn husks and corn oil is very beneficial for lowering human cholesterol.
They have selected 70 elderly people with an average age of 55, 50 men and 20 women. These people have relatively high cholesterol levels and have been hospitalized for more than 2 years, with unsatisfactory results.
When these people were subjected to the experiment, the researchers grind the corn finely, add garlic powder, black pepper, celery, etc., and mix it with tomatoes or soup to make food. One and a half months before the experiment, each person ate 20 grams per day. Each person ate 40 grams a day for a month and a half, and after three months, it was found that the triglycerides in the blood of 70 people had decreased, and the cholesterol of 60 people had decreased.
Stimulate brain cells, enhance human brainpower, memory, and human metabolism, adjust nervous system functions.
It can make the skin soft and smooth, inhibit and delay the generation of wrinkles, and can fight against eye aging.
The greatest contribution of corn to human beings is rich in pigments that dye corn into gold-lutein and zeaxanthin (a kind of carotene);
Although they are not nutrients, they are more effective than nutrients. They are powerful antioxidants that can protect the photosensitive area called the macula in the eyes and prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
The macula is the tissue in the center of the retina that controls vision. When the fat in the macula is oxidized and damaged due to aging, macular degeneration, vision loss, and even blindness occur.
Lutein and zeaxanthin can absorb harmful light entering the eyeball by virtue of their powerful antioxidant effects, and maintain the health of the macula.
But it should be noted that lutein and zeaxanthin are only found in yellow corn, but not in white corn.
Therefore, taxi drivers, elementary and middle school students, editors, writers, and other people who often use their eyes should eat more yellow corn.
Strengthen the spleen and stomach
But from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, corn is sweet and smooth in nature and taste and is attributed to the stomach and bladder meridian.
Corn is known for its diverse ingredients. For example, corn contains vitamins A and E and glutamic acid. Animal experiments have shown that these ingredients have anti-aging effects. Vitamin E can also promote the division of human cells and delay aging.
Corn also contains a longevity factor-glutathione, which generates glutathione oxidase with the participation of selenium, which has the functions of restoring youth and delaying aging.
Corn is rich in cellulose, which can not only stimulate gastrointestinal peristalsis and prevent constipation but also promote cholesterol metabolism and accelerate the excretion of intestinal toxins.
The corn oil squeezed from corn germ contains a lot of unsaturated fatty acids, of which linoleic acid accounts for 60%, which can remove harmful cholesterol in the blood and prevent arteriosclerosis.
Protect the skin
Corn also contains lysine and trace element selenium, its antioxidant effect is beneficial to prevent tumors, and corn is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, etc.;
It is effective in protecting nerve conduction and gastrointestinal function, preventing beriberi, myocarditis, and maintaining healthy skin.
Lower blood sugar
Lower blood sugar
Corn is rich in niacin. Niacin is a component of glucose tolerance factor (GTP) and a nutrient that can enhance the action of insulin. Therefore, replacing the staple food with corn can help regulate blood sugar.
Dry corn is very beneficial for diabetic patients to lower blood sugar, but the effect is slow, so it is better to drink regularly.
Rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, selenium, etc., as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and carotene, etc., it has an adjuvant therapeutic effect on cholecystitis, gallstones, icteric hepatitis, and diabetes.
Although corn has many effects, it is a good product for anti-aging eyes. Experts remind you that when eating corn, you should pay attention to chewing it to aid digestion.
The nutritional value of corn
The corn research report pointed out that among the more than 50 kinds of nutritious healthy foods that have been proven the most effective today.
Corn contains 7 nutrients-calcium, vitamin e, glutathione, cellulose, magnesium, selenium, and fatty acids.
It has been determined that every 100 grams of corn can provide nearly 300 mg of calcium, which is almost the same as the calcium contained in dairy products.
The vitamin content in corn is very high, 5-10 times that of rice and wheat. Corn contains vitamin a, vitamin e, and glutamic acid.
Animal experiments have proved that these ingredients have anti-aging effects.
Corn is rich in cellulose, which can not only stimulate bowel movements and prevent constipation but also promote cholesterol metabolism and accelerate the excretion of intestinal toxins.
Unsaturated fatty acid
The corn oil squeezed from corn germ contains a lot of unsaturated fatty acids, of which linoleic acid accounts for 60%, which can remove harmful cholesterol in the blood and prevent atherosclerosis.
The carotene contained in corn can be converted into vitamin A after being absorbed by the body.
Someone has investigated that women engaged in agricultural work in Africa rely on corn as their staple food, and their risk of intestinal cancer is very low, which shows that corn can prevent cancer.
In addition, corn contains 5 times more carotene than soybeans, and it also has an inhibitory effect on carcinogens.
Corn contains lysine and trace element selenium, which can prevent tumors.
Rich in selenium and magnesium
The selenium and magnesium contained in corn have anti-cancer and anti-cancer effects. Selenium can accelerate the decomposition of peroxides in the body so that malignant tumors cannot be supplied with molecular oxygen and are inhibited.
On the one hand, magnesium can inhibit the development of cancer cells, and on the other hand, it can promote the excretion of waste from the body, which is also of great significance for cancer prevention.
Corn also contains a longevity factor-glutathione, which generates glutathione oxidase with the participation of selenium, which has the function of restoring youth and delaying aging.
The zeaxanthin contained in corn can prevent age-related macular disease.
According to a study conducted by Harvard University Medical School and many research centers in 1994, a higher intake of zeaxanthin can reduce the chance of age-related macular degeneration.