August 23, 2016

Corn Silk

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How does Corn Silk work?

Corn silk contains proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains chemicals which might work like water pills (diuretics), and it might alter blood sugar levels, and help reduce inflammation.

Are there safety concerns?

Corn silk seems to be safe for most people.

Corn silk can decrease potassium levels in the blood and can cause skin rashes, itching, and allergies.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Corn silk is safe for pregnant women when used in the amounts normally found in food. But larger amounts are unsafe, because corn silk might stimulate the uterus and cause a miscarriage. Not enough is known about the safety of taking corn silk if you are breast-feeding. It's best to stick to food amounts of corn silk if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Diabetes: There is some concern that large amount of corn silk might lower blood sugar. This could interfere with blood sugar control in people who have diabetes.

High blood pressure or low blood pressure: Large amounts of corn silk might interfere with control of these conditions.

Blood levels of potassium that are too low: Large amounts of corn silk might make these conditions worse.

Corn allergy: Applying lotions that contain corn silk might cause a rash, red skin, and itchiness if you are allergic to corn silk, corn pollen, or cornstarch.


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