zea mays

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Corn/maize shoots can be eaten when they resemble large blades of grass that taste like sweet corn. Young maize shoots look like yellow grass and accumulate a powerful antibiotic substance called DIMBOA, a natural defense against pathogenic bacteria and fungus. Corn does not contain the gluten that causes celiac disease. The whole baby corn in husk may also be eaten, silk and all. Corn/maize kernels are very high in starch, which turns into sugar in the body. The really healthy part of the plant is the cornsilk (see Cornsilk)
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Chiu KK, Ye ZH, Wong MH (2005) Enhanced uptake of As, Zn, and Cu by Vetiveria zizanioides and Zea mays using chelating agents.
Diuretic as well as antilithiasic, uricosuric and antiseptic properties are traditionally attributed to corn silk, stigma/style of Zea mays Linne (Poaceae/Gramineae), which has been used in many parts of the world for the treatment of edema as well as for cystitis, gout, kidney stones, nephritis and prostatitis (Balme, 1982; Grases et al.
Charcoal dated before approximately 4000 BP within the Rio Buritaca watershed provides direct evidence to support the suggestion that Amerindians were frequently using fires for clearing lands, probably for the cultivation of Zea mays (Herrera 1985).
Inflorescence development in two annual teosintes: Zea mays subsp.
Herbal Dianabal contains a proprietary combination of two prohormones (1,4 andro and DHEA) and three herbal ingredients (Tribulus, Zea Mays, LongJack).
ARS plant geneticist Howard Rines has successfully crossed oats, Avena sativa, and corn, Zea mays, in a quest to develop an oat plant more resistant to a crown rust, Puccinia coronata f.
2001, 2002), and Zea mays (Chou & Patrick, 1976).
In addition to Cran-Max, Ultra Cranberry Extract also contains Zea mays (corn silk), Althea officianalis (marshmallow) and Barosma betulina (buchu).
Higher concentrations of anthocyanin in sheaths and leaf blades, tissues of lower photosynthetic competence than leaves, occurred in N-deficient than N-sufficient Zea mays (Lawanson et al.
The Zea Mays (corn) group was tentatively found to be safe as used, with the exception of corn silk, which required additional safety data.
In the following formula Zea mays (corn) starch is included for the purpose of absorbing moisture and providing a smoother feel.