Purple Corn Movement
Purple Corn (Spanish: maíz morado)
The Healing Properties of Purple CornPurple Corn, the superfood of the ancient Andes, whose wonder was discovered by the Incas long ago continues to reveal the benefits it has to offer humankind today. The healing properties of purple corn reside in the massive amounts of two phytonutrients contained within the plant: anthocyanins and phenolic. Studies show that plants rich in these particular nutrients also contain the highest amount of antioxidants.
Purple corn is a significant source of three powerful antioxidants, cyanidin 3-glucoside, pelargondin, and peonidin. This superfood has been found to be even more potent in antioxidants than blueberries. Accompanied by the healing properties of the above phytonutrients the benefits of antioxidant intake include:
- Cell regeneration that keeps us looking young and protected from disease
- Cholesterol reduction
- Bloodflow regulation
One first notices the striking color of this particular specie of maize and that is exactly where the healing begins. Anthocyanins are a type of complex flavonoid that produces blue, red, and purple colors in plants. Healing properties of this nutrient include:
- The regeneration of connective tissues
- Stabilization and protection of capillaries and blood vessels from free radical damage
- Promotion of collagen formation
- Circulation improvement
Purple Corn Studies and Benefits
While studies continue to reveal the benefits of this phytonutrient it is known that a diet rich in polyphenolic compounds:
- Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
- Provides a potent anti-cancer agent and reduces cancer cell growth
- Lowers blood pressure
- Prevents development and offers possible cure of diabetes and obesity
- Reduces blood clots
- Protects against atherosclerosis
- Elevates antioxidant capacity of the blood
Purple Corn Study
A study by Tsuda et al in 2003 revealed the effects of purple corn on obesity and diabetes. Two groups consumed a diet rich in fats for 12 weeks, but one of the groups also received purple corn pigments. The group consuming the purple corn:
- Didn’t gain any weight
- Didn’t suffer hypertrophy in the adiposities of the fat tissues
- Didn’t show hyperglycemia (low blood sugar), hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin in the blood, which is the beginning of diabetes), or hyperleptinemia (increased serum leptin levels, which is another marker for diabetes).
In comparison, the group that didn’t receive the extract and ate only a fat rich diet, showed an increase in all of those areas, thus showing the incredible benefits for fighting obesity and diabetes.
A Japanese study at Nagoya University showed that the pigment in purple corn impedes the development of cancer in the colon.
A sample group received food mixed with a natural carcinogenic substance which is found in the charred parts of roasted meat and fish, and another group also received 5% pigment of purple corn. In the group that was fed the cancer causing substance, 85% developed colon cancer, compared with only 40% that also received the pigment.
As colon cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, adding some purple corn to the diet is a pretty good idea!
There are also some people who claim that purple corn can help us open our third eye chakra, since its color is purple. The third eye chakra is responsible for increased intuition, and opening up to spiritual truths.
There is said to be an old prophecy of the Hopi Indians that tells us “when purple comes to the West, that is a sign that great changes are happening on the planet”. Let the changes begin with a healthier, more vibrant you!