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Purple Corn / Maize Extract 7:1 (Anthocyanins) 250/500g

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Purple Corn / Maize Extract 7:1 (Anthocyanins) 250/500g

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Purple Corn / Maize extract is derived from purple corn, it expresses one of the deepest purple shades found in the plant kingdom containing vividly-colored biologically active natural plant dyes. Anthocyanins are flavonoids, a category of antioxidants being studied for their potential health benefits. It's the main ingredient in "Chicha Morada” a drink that dates back earlier than the Incan empire. This sweet beverage is recognised as a nutrient powerhouse due to its rich antioxidant content, vitamins and minerals.


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Super high in antioxidants - phenolics and anthocyanins, Purple Corn / Maize was major crop in the history of South America, Purple Corn supported many of ancient civilisations and gained notoriety as one of the most cherished vegetables in the world. All Purple Corn strains originate from an ancient Purple Corn which is known as Kculli. It has long been revered by the indigenous peoples where it is known as "The plant of remembrance". There are also some people who claim that purple corn can help us open our Third Eye Chakra, since its color is purple. The third eye chakra is responsible for increased intuition, and opening up to spiritual truths.

Purple Corn has a greater antioxidant capacity than blueberries, making it one of the most exciting new super foods today. There is an ancient Hopi prophecy that says when Purple Corn comes to the West, that is a sign that great changes are happening on the planet.

Constituents
Phenolic compounds, anthocyanin, Ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, Cyanidin-3-glucoside, Several dimalonylated monoglucosides of cyanidin, peonidin, and pelargonidin were present as minor constituents.

Anthocyaninins
Anthocyaninins are a type of complex flavonoid that produces blue, purple or red colors. Anthocyaninins are anti-inflammatory and encourage connective tissue regeneration. As well as being powerful antioxidants that keep us looking young and protected from disease, they promote blood flow and reduce cholesterol.
It appears that anthocyaninins may stabilize and protect capillaries and blood vessels from free radical damage, and they have been shown to promote collagen formation (which is great for our skin) and improve circulation.

Under Study...

Antioxidants

A 2004 study published in “The Journal of Nutrition” found that one particular anthocyanin found in Purple Corn – CG3 – has the potential to fight obesity and diabetes. CG3 is reported to be one of the most powerful antioxidants in existence, coming out top when tested against 13 other anthocyanins in the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) assay, which tests for antioxidant activity.
Another antioxidant making waves in nutritional circles is a hydroxybenzoic acid in purple corn - protocatechuic acid – which has been recently linked to the strong antioxidant activity in this corn variety.

Kidney Health
Scientists from Hallym University in Korea found that antioxidant properties in purple corn extract were able to prevent the hardening of the blood vessels in the kidneys - a process called “glomerulosclerosis” - which is often associated with diabetes. This can cause kidney failure if left unchecked.

Vision 
Two more important antioxidants found in purple corn are lutein and zeaxathinin. These compounds are used almost exclusively by the eyes, and high levels of these antioxidants have been associated with decreased chances of developing serious eye diseases such as cataracts or macular degeneration.

Weight
A July 2003 study published in the "Journal of Nutrition" looked at the anti-obesity potential of the purple corn anthocyanin C3G. The research looked at four groups of mice: one fed a high-fat diet, a second fed a high-fat diet and a purple corn extract that contained C3G, a third fed a normal diet and a fourth fed a normal diet and purple-corn extract with C3G. When the results were compared at the end of 12 weeks, rats fed the high fat diet with C3G showed less propensity toward obesity than the rats fed the high fat diet without C3G, despite the fact that there was no significant difference in caloric consumption between the two groups. The rats on the high-fat diet with C3G supplementation also showed no significant differences in fatty tissue weight when compared to the rats on the normal diets. Rats on the high-fat diet that consumed C3G did not show the propensity toward hyperglycemia and insulin resistance that rats on the high-fat diet without C3G did. The researchers concluded that purple corn anthocyanins may have the potential to fight obesity and diabetes.

Inflammation
In a study conducted at The Tokai Gakuen University in Japan, it was confirmed that there was an anti-inflammatory response to CG3. Further statements based on results of these studies indicate that, “it is possible that this plant pigment may also suppress the inflammatory response in diseases marked with inflammation.”
A 2002 study, published in the "Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology," that looked at the potential health benefits of the anthocyanin C3G revealed that it reduced inflammatory responses in mice suffering acute chemically-induced inflammation. The researchers concluded that purple corn anthocyanins may have have potential treatment benefits for inflammatory diseases.

Blood Pressure
According to the American Heart Association, untreated high blood pressure can lead to kidney damage, heart disease, memory loss, vision loss and stroke. The 2007 issue of the “Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology” reported that the anthocyanins in Purple Corn lowered blood pressure and heart rate in hypertensive rats.

 

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  • Purple Corn / Maize Extract 7:1 Powder 100% Natural
  • Produced to ecological standards, free from agro-chemicals, non-irradiated and GMO-free.

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  • Can be added to smoothies or food, use 1/8 teaspoon daily, amount can be increased over time to 1 level tablespoon (2g).
  • Can be used as an addition to baking & raw chocolate recipes.

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  • Size: 250/500g 
  • Package: Machine sealed plastic bag for maximum freshness.. 
  • Storage:  Keep in sealed. Store in a cool dry place, out of sunlight. Must be kept dry, not allowing moisture in. 
  • Estimated shelf life from purchase: 1-2 years.

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