Sunday, April 22, 2012

Corn and its secrets

With the new continent the Europeans get something better than gold - golden corn cobs. Besides being tasty boiled, baked or processed into flour, reportedly has medicinal properties.

How much is a powerful healing effect of corn, the best way to describe the list boleština that can grind corn - remove stones from the kidneys, helps with blood vessel disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiac disease, urinary tract, rickets, cough, back pain, bleeding, inflammation, excess fluid in the body, obesity ...

With the arrival of European soil is immediately started and sowing corn. Farmers in western Europe have accepted only 100 years later. Although it is now more widespread than ever, unfortunately, increasingly used in animal feeding or as an industrial plant.

Grain corn is rich in valuable biological ingredients, and vegetable oil which is produced from corn seed has linoleic acid, fitosterina, vitamin E and phytohormones, which is one of the highest quality dietary oil.

In folk medicine it is especially prized corn silk (Stigmata maydis). Prices are more and doctors because it contains fat and essential oils, flavonoids and saponins. Therefore, a diuretic, stimulates the secretion of fluid through the urine from the body, helps with inflammation and sand in the urinary tract, and acts as a mild detergent to lower blood sugar.

Corn for lower pressure
Three tablespoons of corn flour, ground preferably at the mill, put in 3 oz of cold water. Let stand 3 to 4 hours and then drink in small sips during the day. Flour should not interfere, but left as a residue. This drink should drink each day for a long time. If your taste, you can drink instead of water.

Corn inflammation of the ovaries
Mix 6 tablespoons of corn silk and 4 tablespoons of bear's grape, marigold and thyme. Then, 4 tablespoons of the paste cook in 1/2 liters of water for 10-15 minutes. Chilled drink tea three times a day, a cup before eating.

Corn against angina
Two minutes to cook 2 tablespoons white corn flour in 300 to 400 g of water. Sweeten with honey when cooled and hot drink cup three times daily after meals.

Corn against rickets and weak coughing blood
In the growth phase, when the corn is in the dairy state, to pick their immature filamentous "muzzle" in the draft and dry in the shade. From this dried silk cooked tea. A handful of the 1/2 liters of water - boil 2 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day.

On the way to your favorite fast food stop destination end of the bar sometimes stand with boiled corn. It is very nutritious, and demonstrated commitment to give you a strong heart, soothe your stomach for bowel care, prevention against cancer ...

Although the corn we enjoy throughout the year, one that was picked and which we eat in the late summer best pleasing to the palate and contains the most nutrients.

From Maya to popcorn

It is believed that corn originated in Mexico or Central America, and evidence of cooking corn are more than 9,000 years. An icon of American culture known to the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas, the Indians have used it to "101" mode, except for the food they served as a shelter, decoration, and even as fuel.

It is known that food from corn often add small quantities of ash, because they believed that this makes them healthier. Today we know the solution of this enigma! Corn contains vitamin B3 in the form which our bodies can use. Generated by combustion of wood ash containing small amounts of lime, and it helps release and utilization of vitamin B3. In Europe the corn brought over by Spanish and Portuguese explorers, but unfortunately in the Old World has ignored Indian ritual of adding ash foods from corn, which led to a shortage of vitamin B3 and the onset of the disease called pellagra.

Zea mays, as they called Latins, around the globe is consumed as corn bread, polenta, corn flakes or corn flakes - which are obtained by boiling and grinding of corn grain, after which they burnt, and acquire a yellow-brownish color and crunchy. We should not forget the popcorn and popular favorite, we all love to nibble. I prepare them at home, keep in mind that the higher temperature the sugar in corn turns to starch, and corn in a cool place, preferably in the refrigerator.

The product range is made from corn and corn oil which is obtained from corn germ. It contains plenty of polyunsaturated fatty acids and a moderate amount of vitamin E. According to their dietary properties similar to soybean oil, and is often used as a flavoring salads. Of course, corn or corn products are an integral part of many industrial food products.

The repository of available energy

Everyone who thinks that corn strain body excess calories "fat is wrong." The average large fresh ear of corn is 80 to 100 kcal. It is rich in carbohydrates, and fats and poor is a good source of quickly available energy. Fats that are prevalent in maize single and multiple unsaturated. Corn consists of coat, endosperm and germ.

The seed coat contains pigments that determine the color of corn, which can be black, white or completely white. White corn does not contain beta carotene, while it is in yellow. Numerous studies show that corn good source of vitamin B1, ie. thiamine, and many other vitamins and minerals, for example, vitamin B5, folic acid, niacin, vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.

In addition, rich in dietary fiber, and proved that such foods effectively reduce elevated cholesterol levels and prevent the occurrence of colon cancer. Type of dietary fiber which is located in the corn has a beneficial effect on blood sugar, and corn is a good choice for people who suffer from diabetes. Being rich in starch, corn helps with digestive problems, especially diarrhea.

It is believed that just indigestible starch restores normal stool hardness. Some studies show that corn can be useful for stomach problems. Small amounts of corn can neutralize stomach acid, so it is recommended for people suffering from gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.

They love his heart and brain

The contribution of maize health of the heart and blood vessels is not only in an enviable content of dietary fiber as "destroy" elevated cholesterol levels, but also significant amounts of folic acid, vitamin B3, and magnesium. It is known that elevated levels of the amino acid homocysteine ​​can cause heart disease. To its increase occurs, it is because of a lack of folic acid, vitamin B12 and B6 in the body. Since corn is rich in folic acid, helps the natural regulation of homocysteine ​​levels in the body, thus protecting the cardiovascular system.

One of the most important medical discoveries of the 20th century suggests that proper intake of folic acid during pregnancy reduces the damage živčnog system of the newborn 48 to 80 percent. That is why the corn is recommended for women who intend to become pregnant and pregnant women during the first three months of pregnancy.
Corn is rich in vitamin B1, and only one cup of food and provides almost a third of the daily needs of the body.This vitamin is one of the main participants of enzymatic reactions that are essential for energy production and plays an important role in normal functioning of the brain. The vitamin B1 participates in the synthesis of acetylcholine, a nerve impulse transmission, which is "responsible" for the good memory. The lack of this neurotransmitter was observed in the elderly suffering from Alzheimer's disease or with poor brain function.

Destroyer of cancer and viral

In a series of scientific studies on corn are referred to as a food that helps prevent cancer and suppresses the effects of the virus in the body. For this protective role is responsible protease inhibitor. It is known that tumor cells need to proteases, ie. enzymes that assist in chopping of specific proteins that could be shared and attack distant places in the body.

Proteases oppose and inhibit their activity protease inhibitors, which have been shown to prevent tumors and reduce their growth.

During a study conducted on women infected with a virus that can cause cervical cancer, dr. Charles Butterworth of the University of Alabama, found that the virus retreats in adequate amounts of folic acid in the blood. Butterworth believes that in the case of folic acid deficiency can cause "chromosome breakage at their weak points." Then the virus is drawn into the hereditary basis of healthy cells and cause the initial changes that precede cancer.

In people with low levels of folic acid in the blood is four times higher chance of development of precancerous changes in cells than in those with high levels of folic acid. Is not that reason enough corn finds its place on the menu of modern man?

Cooked more powerful

The common opinion is that raw vegetables are healthier than cooked, does not apply to corn. U.S. researchers have found that when cooked corn, cooking or baking, leads to the release of molecules with antioxidant activity, which increases its "protective" power.

Antioxidants are molecules that help the body defend against harmful free radicals and thus protect us from a number of degenerative diseases such as cataracts, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease. In addition, heat treatment increases the activity of antioxidant molecules and fitotvari levels in corn. They published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists from Cornell University, USA. They measured the antioxidant activity of corn before and after cooking, and found that it increases proportionally with the duration of cooking.

Here's why: cooking is released ferulička acid fitotvar which is found only in some fruits and vegetables, while it abounds in corn. It has potent antioxidant activity, and it is attributed antikarcinogena properties.

Vali trace

It is well known tranquilizer, valis, not fiction 20th century. People and animals for centuries take this drug with food. Although market vali appeared sixties, scientists in the brain of people "predvalijskog" natural time to find traces of benzodiazepines, chemicals that affect mood, and among them valis occupies a prominent place.

Most acceptable explanation is that there are found through vegetables. The benzodiazepines in trace amounts were found in potatoes, brown lentils, yellow soya beans, rice, corn, mushrooms and cherries. However, the dose of natural sedatives in food are so small that it is doubtful their pharmacological activity.

Scientists have calculated that it should suddenly consume at least 100 kg of potatoes in order to achieve the effect of having the usual dose of 5 to 10 mg vali. With that intent, then, lies the nature of these compounds in food, is a question that science has yet to respond.

The downside

First Cooking increases the antioxidant power of corn, but it lowers the amount of vitamin C. This reduces its ability to prevent cellular damage and tissue damage. The researchers argue that this does not mean that the heat treated corn less healthy.

Second Corn lacks two essential amino acids, lysine and tryptophan. It is therefore recommended that the corn is taken in combination with legumes, and so meet the needs for protein and minerals. For example, the nutritional value of corn bread is improved by the addition of small amounts of soy flour.

Third On the black list of foods that cause allergy and is corn. Allergic to corn from the diet should throw all the products whose ingredients come from corn, for example, industrial food which contains corn syrup and starch, medicines and dietary supplements which are derived from corn is used as filler.

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