Chances are you’ve heard about the health value of blueberries.
With their deep blue color, they’re high in anthocyanins, a form of flavonoids . The flavonoids found in blueberries may provide protection against disease by upping the antioxidant defenses in the body.
As you may or may not know, Nature Cures Clinic is now on Twitter; you can find us here. That’s where our followers can ask us their health and nutrition questions, and we do our best to deliver. Recently, one follower asked us about the health value of purple corn, and its role in fighting cancer. They wanted to know if purple corn could pack the same punch as their favorite blue fruit.
Here’s what we told them:
Like blueberries, purple corn is chock full of anthocyanins.
Research from Texas A&M shows the “antioxidant capacity and anti-radical action were more than twice that measured in blueberries.” (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, May, 2003)
On top of that, “anthocyanins from purple corn and chokeberries not only completely stopped the growth of cancer cells, but also killed about 21 percent of cancer cells without having any effect on healthy cells.” (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, October 22, 2008)
So is this the new cure-all that we should all run out to buy in bulk? To that, we say:
Purple corn and blueberries are not the cure-all in and of themselves, but should be part of a varied diet rich in colorful vegetables.
The more color in your vegetables the better. Nothing beats a whole food diet!
The providers at Nature Cures Clinic can help you develop a nutrition plan to ensure you’re getting a wide spectrum of antioxidants and other nutrients in your diet. Call or email us today to set up an appointment!