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Corn silk has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It is the silky, yellow threads that grow between the leaves and ears of corn. Corn silk is the long styles and stigmata of the flower pistils. The stigmas are the fine soft, yellowish threads from the female flowers. Analysis reveals high amounts of silicon, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and phosphorus minerals in corn silk. It is also an excellent source of B vitamins and PABA.

In Mexico the silky filaments just inside the husk are sold in bulk to anyone desiring safe nutrients for the urinary system. In folklore they are used to benefit the kidney and bladder. Corn silk is effective either fresh or dried.

Corn silk helps rid the body of the ammonia order in the urine. It is good for chronic urinary disorders and will alleviate painful urination due to the prostate gland problems. It reduces uric acid build up. Since it is rich in vitamin K it is said to help uterine contractions in childbirth and slows down bleeding after the baby is born. It will bring the contractions back during childbirth if the labor stops.

Corn silk has also been used as a remedy for heart trouble, jaundice, malaria, and obesity.


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