This cereal is a priceless gift from nature to man. After all, everything is useful in it: cob, grains, fibers, leaves, stem ...
This cereal is a priceless gift from nature to man. After all, everything is useful in it: cob, grains, fibers, leaves, stem...
This cereal caused such a sincere admiration of the Secretary General of the USSR, Nikita Serhiyevich Khrushchev, that the Soviet leader quite seriously decided to replace many other grain crops with corn, for example, such as wheat and rye. And although the peculiar romanticism of the Soviet leader provided the ground for hundreds of anecdotes for decades to come, the sympathy of Nikita Serhiyevich is explained quite objectively: corn is a unique cereal whose useful properties should really be popularized.
Unique vitamin composition
100 gr. corn grains contain 75 g. water, 3.3 gr. protein 1.1 g. fats and 18 gr. carbohydrates It contains almost all B vitamins (B1, B2, B5, B6, B9), as well as A, E, K, D and C and minerals: magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, selenium, etc.
This means that thanks to vitamins of group B, corn helps to strengthen the nervous system and is an excellent prevention of depression and insomnia. The presence of vitamin K has a beneficial effect on the work of the cardiovascular system, vitamin D strengthens bones and teeth, natural antioxidant E is indispensable for skin and hair, C strengthens immunity, and the unique complex of minerals activates metabolism and improves blood composition.
Corn is widely used in pharmaceuticals and occupies a worthy place among medicinal plants. Corn stigmas contain not only the rather rare vitamin K, but also ascorbic, pantothenic acids, gums, bitter glycosides, inositol, sugary and resinous substances, fatty and essential oils, saponins, sitosterol and other useful substances necessary for the body.
Corn as food
In cooking, corn kernels are used to prepare first and second courses, and corn flour is the basis for baking, porridge and puddings. Due to its high fiber content, ordinary corn porridge is effective for digestive problems, constipation and hemorrhoids, is an excellent prevention of colon cancer and can lower blood cholesterol.
Due to the high content of folic acid, corn dishes are indispensable for pregnant and lactating women. And the yellow color of the grains indicates a high content of carotene, which is necessary for good vision and skin.
The beneficial properties of corn oil are widely known. It is recommended to use it for the prevention of diabetes, atherosclerosis and obesity.
Corn in medicine
The spectrum of "evidence" of corn in medicine is the widest. The same grains that are widely used in cooking also have a wound-healing effect, and they are also used to treat various dermatological diseases. In the not-so-distant times, when the pharmaceutical industry was not as developed as it is today, our grandmothers fried corn kernels in a pan, then crushed them and applied the resulting mass to the affected areas of the skin.
But corn fibers, which are also called corn stigmas, are considered especially useful. In medicine, they are used for various liver diseases, as well as as a diuretic and choleretic agent. Infusion of corn stigmas is effective for cholecystitis, gallstone and urolithiasis, inflammatory diseases of the genitourinary tract, prostatitis.
Also, among the useful properties of corn fibers, their ability to neutralize toxins, normalize metabolism in the body, promote blood clotting and have a calming effect on the nervous system is noted. In phytotherapy, a decoction of corn fibers is recommended for joint pain.
And nutritionists, taking into account the fact that this cereal neutralizes the harmful effects of fried and fatty foods on the body, recommend that lovers of fatty foods cook corn dishes more often. That is why, and also due to the ability to remove excess harmful cholesterol and toxins from the body, as well as the ability to reduce appetite, nutritionists recommend using corn oil in many diets.
Do not forget that even the most useful product has some contraindications. As for corn, caution should be exercised by those who have a tendency to thrombosis, increased blood coagulation and thrombophlebitis.
It is also contraindicated for exacerbations of peptic ulcer and duodenal diseases, as well as for people with low body weight and those with a poor appetite. Therefore, if you plan to take corn for medicinal purposes, it is better to consult your doctor in advance.
Corn in industry
Corn is a waste-free cereal, because even its stalks and other vegetative parts have been used by humans over time. Paper, construction and packaging materials are made from its stem, the soft middle of the stems is used for the production of cigarette paper, the air wrappers of the cobs serve as stuffing for furniture, and even from the seemingly completely useless petioles, furfural is obtained, which is used for the manufacture of various synthetic substances, for example, plastics and nylon.
It turns out that this amazing cereal earned the title "queen of the fields" for a reason. Corn, which is diverse in its use, royally serves man. Find your own benefit in it.