Little Known Benefits Of Corn Silk Tea
Do you love corn? I do! Having a cup of steamed sweet corn kernels or eating them right off the cob after roasting it is pure pleasure! It is added to soups and salads too. Corn has a lot of uses in Indian cuisine. Whenever I peel a corn cob, I see shiny whitish fibres under on the ears of the corn. Like most people I just throw them out. But I came to know something path breaking, those shiny white fibres are called corn silk and they can keep us very healthy.
You must have heard of corn silk tea. Well, it is made by steeping the corn silk. Corn silk tea is loaded with health benefits and this got discovered in the recent past. Corn silk tea has lots of minerals in it like calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. The health benefits it offers are as mentioned below:
1) Corn silk tea has substances that counter infections of the urinary tract. It is also known to be beneficial in dissolving kidney stones.
2) The tea is good for men in particular as it cures inflammed prostrate and other related issues.
3) Corn silk is good for diabetics too!
4) It helps in keeping blood pressure and cholesterol levels in check.
5) It helps fight fatigue in a better way.
6) It is useful in preventing congestive heart failure.
7) Corn silk is known to ward off the symptoms of PMS in women such as bloating, retention of water and others.
8) It can be used to treat boils by external application as it has anti-septic properties.
9) Corn silk has compounds that treat gonorrhea, malaria and jaundice.
How corn silk tea is made?
Like mentioned above, the corn silk is obtained by peeling off the cover of the corn cob. The off-white corn silk can be used directly to make the tea if it is clean. You simply need to steep the corn silk in warm water and prepare it the way you prepare your regular herbal teas.
Here is the recipe:
You need 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of fresh corn silk.
Bring the water and silk to a boil with the lid on the pot. As soon as it comes to boil, bring the heat down and let the tea simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the corn silk steep for about half an hour. After straining the silk, enjoy your tea.
However, there is one issue. You may not be able to get the freshest corn and corn silk from the super-market always. This may result in you missing out on the health benefits. The solution for this problem is that you should go in for corn-silk tea bags that are available ready-made. It is absolutely hassle-free but it is not widely available in India. But fresh corn silk is! So use fresh corn silk to make your tea as per the recipe mentioned above.
A word of caution
As with most herbs it is advised to consult the doctor before you start taking it, especially when you are a would be mom or are taking medication for high blood pressure, diabetes, inflammation, blood clotting or are consuming diuretic drugs.
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