Purple corn may offer health benefits – USDA

The USDA – US Department of Agriculture has a great article about the health benefits of purple corn.

Similar to other research we’ve found, the USDA’s findings related to purple corn and insulin resistance is fascinating.

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USDA on health benefits of purple corn.

“In one finding, the scientists tested purple corn’s phenolic compounds against insulin resistance. They induced insulin resistance in the mouse fat cells, treated the cells with the anthocyanin compounds, and monitored the glucose uptake. They found that insulin resistance decreased by 29-64 percent. Although more studies are needed, the research suggests that phenolic compounds might improve the insulin profile of people who are obese.”

Purple corn, often revered for its vibrant hues, is not just a feast for the eyes. It turns out, it’s a nutritional powerhouse with potential health benefits that extend beyond its visual appeal. A USDA article published on August 1, 2019, delves into the fascinating world of purple corn and the potential health benefits.

Phenolic Compounds & Insulin Resistance

The article highlights a study conducted by scientists who explored the impact of purple corn’s phenolic compounds on insulin resistance. Using mouse fat cells, researchers induced insulin resistance, treated the cells with anthocyanin compounds found in purple corn, and monitored glucose uptake. Astonishingly, the results showed a substantial decrease in insulin resistance ranging from 29 to 64 percent. This finding suggests that the phenolic compounds present in purple corn could play a pivotal role in improving the insulin profiles of individuals dealing with obesity.

Beyond its potential role in combating insulin resistance, purple corn offers a treasure trove of nutritional benefits. Rich in anthocyanins, the same antioxidants responsible for its vivid color, purple corn boasts anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. These compounds are known to neutralize harmful free radicals in the body, contributing to overall health and well-being.

As we continue to unlock the secrets of nature’s bounty, purple corn emerges as a fascinating subject of study, offering both internal health benefits and external applications. Whether you’re intrigued by its potential role in managing insulin resistance or captivated by its vibrant pigments for cosmetic use, purple corn stands out as a versatile and valuable addition to our understanding of nutrition and natural resources.

You can learn more about our ancient grain purple kernel popcorn, here.