Corn silk is the name used for the threads, known as stigmas, found at the top and sides of a stalk of corn. These tassel-like fibers are used by the female corn plants to catch the male plant pollen. People usually toss away this byproduct of the corn husk when preparing it for food. However, it has been used to treat a host of ailments for generations. Corn silk is an established staple of Native American and Chinese medicines as well as many European traditions
Corn silk is a good source of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and sodium. It also contains compounds called flavonoids, which are responsible for many of its benefits. Of the flavonoids found within it, researchers believe that one called maysin is responsible for some of its unique therapeutic effects.
Flavonoids are compounds that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants are important to prevent oxidation, a process that breaks down cells and can be detrimental to their optimal health. That means that in addition to the applications mentioned below, corn silk promotes overall cellular health.
Corn silk acts as a diuretic. This means it helps flush water through the urinary tract and out of the body. It is also a demulcent, which refers to its ability to soothe urothelial surfaces. Because of this, one of the most common uses for this herb is to help maintain health of the urinary tract or to alleviate specific urinary ailments
If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know it can be painful and inconvenient. The antibiotics often used to treat them can also cause unwanted side effects. Corn silk is historically regarded as an effective remedy for UTIs and usually helps clear up the problem within a couple of days. Corn silk can also be taken as a preventative measure against recurring urinary tract issues.
Corn silk has also been shown to also help BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia) an inflammation of the prostate that can cause troublesome and inconvenient symptoms including increased frequency and urgency of urination.
Some promising studies are also showing corn silks ability to decrease the formation of kidney stones over time and prolong kidney function in those facing kidney disease.
Dosage- For active infections, take 2 capsules 3 times a day.
For prevention of illness, take 2 capsules per day.
*For an active UTI it is recommended to take cornsilk along with goldenseal root and to drink plenty of water with fresh squeezed lemon juice.