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The Unsuspected Benefits of Corn Silk

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Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
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Once you remove the greenish peel, which surrounds the corn, you will have a single layer of fibrous mass. It is known as corn silk. You can use it both fresh and dry.

If you want to keep the fibers fresh, place them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. This way you extend their life by several weeks. Depending on the weather, you may need to completely dry the corn silk for a few days, after which it can be stored for a long time.

There's no way to eat the corn silk directly - it's not very pleasant. But you can put it into various decoction to cure a bunch of ailments. Here are some useful options for urinary tract problems:

You need fresh or dry corn silk (a handful) and 1 liter of water. You will need to boil water. When it starts to boil, drop the dry or fresh corn silk. Leave it to boil for a few minutes (4-5 minutes is enough).

It will turn into a brown liquid. You can then serve the tea either cold or warm. Some people prefer to add lemon juice to add its flavor to that of the corn as well. Leftover tea can be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

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Corn silk acts as an anti-inflammatory for urinary tract infections. The consumption of corn silk tea helps to soothe inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract. This makes you urinate and that reduces the risk of bacterial build-up in the urinary tract.

It is also used to soothe an irritated prostate gland. This tea helps clear excess water and waste from the body, thereby reducing complications associated with unnecessary fluid retention. According to studies, the use of diuretics helps to get rid of several health hazards, including congestive heart failure and kidney disease in the long run.

Using corn silk is useful and not only for problems of this nature. Many people suffer from hypertension or high blood pressure problems these days. They can consume corn silk tea to benefit themselves.

Corn silk is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Traditional practitioners of medicine believe that it can be used to reduce pain caused by inflammatory diseases such as gout and arthritis.

Corn silk contains vitamin C, which is ideal for boosting immunity. It also plays a central role in regulating countless functions in the human body.