Just like the name says, purple corn is corn with a deep shade of purple. But unlike regular yellow or white corn, purple corn is chock-full of antioxidants that have the ability to protect against numerous diseases, including cancer and diabetes.
Hailing from Peruvian Andes, purple corn is frequently consumed either whole or in the form of beverages. And thanks to its rich purple-blue color, this corn’s kernels are also used to color foods and drinks. In the past few years, purple corn’s popularity has grown so much that it’s found its way into the industrialized world’s markets. Now, you can find it practically anywhere, which is great news as this corn has fantastic health benefits.
Purple corn is very rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are proven to have cancer-fighting abilities. Naturally found in various plants, including grapes, elderberries, radishes, purple carrots and others, anthocyanins have been studied for years for their anticancer properties. But these antioxidants in purple corn seem to have the best cancer-fighting abilities, as one study showed that it’s needed less anthocyanins found in purple corn to reduce in vitro cancer growth, than any other type of anthocyanins found in other plants.
Thanks to a tremendous amount of antioxidants it contains, purple corn is effective at protecting against diabetes. Studies have found that anthocyanins positively affect the pancreas, which secretes the hormone insulin. In other words, the more purple corn you eat, the more effective your body will be at breaking down sugars.
A specific type of anthocyanin called C3G has been shown to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. This means that by consuming purple corn, you’re helping your body fight off inflammation and different inflammatory diseases.
Purple Corn Juice Recipe
To make this super-healthy juice, you’ll only need a few ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen.
- 1 cup of fresh fruit of your choice (apples work really well)
- ½ lime or lemon juice
- 1 TBS whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 gallon of water
- ¼ lb. purple corn kernels
- 3-4 TBS of a sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, yacon syrup…).
- In a large pot, pour the water and add corn kernels, cinnamon and cloves. Boil the mixture over a high heat and then let it simmer for about 40-45 minutes.
- Once done, strain the mixture through a mesh strainer.
- Add lemon/lime juice and the sweetener, stirring the mixture well. Done!