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You’ll Be Amazed By The Numerous Benefits Of Purple Corn

You’ll Be Amazed By The Numerous Benefits Of Purple Corn

Purple corn is not well known in the United States, but it has been part of the diet of the Peruvian Andes for millennia. The amazing thing about this plant is that although it is identically, botanically speaking, to yellow corn, it produces corn with kernels of deep purple. And like many deep purple vegetables, such as eggplant, purple corn is incredibly good for your health.

You’ll Load Up On Fiber

Purple corn is a high-fiber food, and this is great news because fiber is good for your digestive system as a whole and helps prevent problems like constipation. It has also been associated with improved heart health and can help to lower high cholesterol.

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You Get A Ton Of Vitamins And Minerals, Too

The typical American diet can be pretty poor in vitamins and minerals, but when you eat purple corn, you’ll be getting a lot of both. It is rich in zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, and potassium, as well as vitamin B5, B9, and niacin.

You Will Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Special compounds called anthocyanins give purple corn its color. Research has shown that anthocyanins derived from purple corn were able to kill 20% of in vitro (in a test tube) cancer cells and proved to be more effective at this when compared to anthocyanins from other foods, such as elderberries, grapes, and purple carrots.

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You Can Fight Obesity

It is estimated that two thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese — but a diet which includes purple corn can help prevent this. In one study which looked at the health status of rats feed a very high-fat diet, it was found that those who were also given purple corn extract did not suffer from weight gain in the same way as rats fed this diet without the anthocyanins.

You Will Reduce Inflammation Throughout The Body

A study out of the Tokai Gukuen University in Japan looked at the ways in which purple corn extract could help reduce inflammation. The study took place on laboratory mice and it was found that, when given the extract, their levels of cytokines (an important marker for inflammation) were greatly reduced.

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You Will Support Heart Health

The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of purple corn also apparently help to improve cardiac health by reducing the oxidation of fats and lipids that can build up in the arteries and eventually contribute to atherosclerosis and cause heart attacks if left unchecked. In the study on rats mentioned before, the rats fed a high-fat diet as well as the purple corn extract showed not only less oxidation of the fat cells but also a 6% decrease in cholesterol levels.

You Will Improve Your Circulation

Circulation is probably not something you think very much about, but it is incredibly important — and not just for your heart, but for your entire body. Antioxidants in purple corn improve this by stabilizing and protecting the delicate capillaries throughout your body and by prevent abnormal blood clotting.

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You Can Decrease Your Risk Of Developing Diabetes

In the high-fat diet study done on the laboratory mice, scientists were also looking at important markers for diabetes in the mice to see if purple corn extract would have any affect on these markers as well. It did. Mice who were given the extract in addition to their high-fat diet did not have hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin in their systems), or hyperleptinemia (leptin in the blood which is an important marker for diabetes).

You Can Promote Kidney Health

Scientists from Hallym University in Korea found that antioxidant properties in purple corn extract were able to prevent the hardening of the blood vessels in the kidneys, a process called glomerulosclerosis which is often associated with diabetes and which can cause kidney failure if left unchecked.

You Will Improve Your Eye Health

Two more important antioxidants found in purple corn are lutein and zeaxathinin. These antioxidants are used almost exclusively by your eyes and high levels of these antioxidants have been associated with decreased chances of developing serious eye disease like cataracts or macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

Purple corn has not — yet — really caught on the in the United States. Even so, it is still carried by health food stores, which will also sometimes sell the extract as well. It may be hard to find, but the effort it well worth it because of the many health benefits it conveys!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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