Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize the free radicals, which are
responsible for many negative effects on our health and can damage our cells.
Oxidative stress, which may be responsible for many diseases, is often stopped
by the presence of antioxidants. Antioxidants are constantly being researched
for their potential health benefits, and many studies have shown a positive
relationship between antioxidants and reduced risk of some diseases such as
cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s
disease, Parkinson’s disease, and neurodegeneration in motor neuron diseases.
Rich in Anthocyanins
Anthocyanins are water-soluble blue plant pigments and
are in a category of plant chemicals known as flavonoids. Anthocyanins are
responsible for the purple, blue, and red colors found in many plants today.
Anthocyanins often act as antioxidants, and are known to fight off harmful
free-radicals. Anthocyanins help to promote blood flow and stabilize connective tissue. They
also have the potential to help prevent cancer, aging and
neurological diseases, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.
Lowers Blood Pressure
As reported in the February 2007, Journal of Nutritional
Science and Vitaminology, Japanese scientists conducted a study on two
hypertensive test groups. One group was fed a diet including 1% purple corn,
and one was not. For the group that was given purple corn, blood pressure and
heart rate decreased, as compared with the control group, thus proving its
Helps Reduce Cancer
A research study conducted by Ohio State University’s Assistant
Professor of Food Science. Monica Giusti, demonstrated that anthocyanins from
purple corn helped reduce cancer growth in test subjects by fifty percent. Not
only did it stop growth in test subjects, the anthocyanins killed twenty
percent of in vitro cancer cells as well. And while putting a halt to cancer
cell growth, the anthocyanins left the surrounding tissue essentially unaffected.
In a 2003 study published in the Journal of Nutritional
Science and Vitaminology, test groups were administered a high fat diet
with the anthocyanin C3G, and one without the presence of C3G. After 12 weeks,
the group fed the high fat diet with C3G, proved to
be far less likely to develop obesity.
Antioxidants do many wonderful things for our health, and one of
those things is to support blood sugar balance. In a 2003 study by Tsuda et al,
two groups ate a rich in fat diet for 12 weeks, but one was given the
anthocyanin C3G and one was not. The group that was given C3G did not show any
signs of low blood sugar (hyperglycemia), too much insulin in the blood
(hyperinsulinemia), or increased serum leptin levels (hyperleptinemia), all of
which are signs of diabetes.
A good circulation system is vital to our survival, and our
capillaries are the smallest part of our blood vessels. There was a study
conducted in Italy on hamsters that set out to see what affect anthocyanins
(found in purple corn) would have on their circulation system. Research proved
that anthocyanins prevented capillary damage by stabilizing capillary walls.
Anti-Aging and Collagen Production
The antioxidants found in purple corn are known to fight off
the free-radicals that are responsible for the external aging process. The
antioxidants help in the regeneration of skin tissue, which in turn, have an
The Journal of Nutritional
Science and Vitaminology published a study in 2002 that investigated
the anthocyanin C3G found in purple corn. A test group suffered from
chemically-induced inflammation; then received a dose of C3G. The test group’s
inflammation was greatly reduced once the C3G was administered. This research
demonstrated that purple corn anthocyanins may have potential benefits in
treating inflammatory diseases.