Did you know that the thin thread-like golden strands that are removed from the husk of the corn and thrown away can make a healthy tea called Corn Silk tea?
Many people are not aware of this hence missing out on its benefits.
For many years, Native Americans and Chinese used it as an herbal remedy.
This tea according to research has been proven to have numerous health benefits as it contains antioxidants, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other active ingredients that help fight diseases.
This is corn season and is definitely the best time to enjoy this delicious tea.
Read on to see some of its many benefits.
1. It treats urinary tract infections
Corn silk possesses anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful for urinary tract infections by coating urinary tract lining and also provides relief from irritation. The intake of corn silk tea helps to soothe the urinary tract and inflamed bladder. It lowers the chances of the build-up of bacteria in the urinary tract and also soothes irritated prostate gland.
2. It can lower blood pressure
For people suffering from high blood pressure, corn silk tea may offer a natural way of regulating it. A clinical study conducted on 40 individuals showed positive results in terms of lowering blood pressure. 20 people with hypertension issues and 20 who had no issues with blood pressure. The patients were administered extract of corn silk in varying doses.
At the end of the trial period, individuals with high blood issues were found to have decreased their blood pressure. Also, it was seen that the higher corn silk doses, the higher the decline rate of blood pressure.
3. Treats inflammation
Corn silk is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Traditional medicine followers are of the view that it can be used to reduce the pain caused by inflammatory ailments like gout and arthritis. The diuretic action of cork silk may prevent the excess uric acid formation in the body joints, which leads to gout pain. However, it should not be taken as a cure for arthritis-related conditions.
4. Prevents blood clot
Corn silk possesses vitamin K that plays a vital role in the process of blood clotting. It prevents the chances of excessive blood loss in an injury.
5. Improves kidney health
This tea has a major diuretic effect on the body, which means that it stimulates. This can help to flush out excess toxins from the body and cleanse the kidneys, making this a great kidney health booster.
6. Helps with digestion
Some of the compounds found in corn silk tea can stimulate the release of digestive enzymes and bile, making theprocess more efficient and improving nutrient uptake.
7. Boosts immunity
Corn silk has vitamin C that enhances immunity and helps to regulate myriad functions in the body.
8. Helps fight cholesterol
Cholesterol in the bloodstream leads to the onset of several critical ailments in the long run (including cardiac complications). Keeping cholesterol levels in the blood low is the key to staying healthy and avoid heart hazards, say the doctors. A study carried out by Jilin University scientists in China showed that corn silk consumption brings down cholesterol in rodents.
9. Helps treat skin hyperpigmentation
Corn silk might be used as a de-pigmenting solution for suppressing skin hyperpigmentation. In other words, corn silk was found to promote a healthy skin tone and even out pigmentation.
Here is how to make Corn Silk Tea
There are two ways to enjoy this tea.
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tbsp of dried corn silk
- 1 tsp honey
- Lemon (optional)
To make corn silk tea, add 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of dried corn silk in a saucepan.
Bring the mixture up to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer.
Allow the mixture to simmer for another 10 minutes.
Once done, turn the heat down and let the tea steep for another 30 minutes. You can add a teaspoon of honey if you wish to add a sweetener. Now, strain the tea using a strainer and serve the infusion warm! Enjoy!
This method is ideal for those who want to obtain the natural benefits of corn silk.
- Dried corn silk, chopped
- This method does not need boiling.
- Pour some water into a glass jar with a lid.
- Add the dried silk corn to the water.
- Put on the lid and then keep the jar out in the sun for an entire day.
- At the end of the day, bring the jar inside and add some honey to it and stir well.
- Keep it in the refrigerator and serve it chilled.