Purple corn anthocyanin helps treat hypertension. About 20 to 30 percent of Filipinos are afflicted with hypertension. It’s worse in other countries like the US. It is often caused by atherosclerosis or the accumulation and clogging of fat or calcium deposits on the arterial walls, stifling the flow of blood. When the walls become too narrow, or worse, finally close, hypertensive stroke happens.
Bad cholesterol flowing in the blood is not really a problem. As long as they do not cling to the blood vessel walls, you’re safe. But they cling once the walls crack. The crack is due largely to free radical damage as a result of stress. When your body is under too much stress, some of your blood vessels crack up and bad cholesterol, fats, and calcium get stuck there, build up, and clog blood flow, leading to atherosclerosis.
Purple corn anthocyanin can help you remedy this. Together with lutein in purple corn, anthocyanin firms up blood vessels at the same time they make them flexible enough to cause vasodilation, or the safe expansion of blood vessels to allow smoother blood flow and decrease blood pressure. Thus, regular intake of purple corn supplements promotes blood vessel health and normalizes blood pressure, alleviating hypertension, if not eliminating it.
Other synthetic drugs for hypertension also effect vasodilation, but eventually, the drug affects the blood vessels negatively, making them brittle or fragile, easily cracking up, even rupturing later, which is dangerous. Purple corn has no such side effect.
When taking purple corn supplements for hypertension, continue taking your maintenance medicine as prescribed by your doctor. But make sure you get regular checkups. As your cardiovascular health improves, your doctor may decrease your maintenance dosage. Let him do that–never self medicate. As your blood pressure improves, your doctor may recommend decreasing your medication, until he tells you to stop it.
Finally, as already mentioned above, taking purple corn has no side effects whatsoever. You can take its supplement form with or without maintenance drugs. In juice or capsule form, this health supplement easily gets digested and absorbed by the body. Taking it in juice form for hypertension, we recommend 60 ml before meals. If in capsule form of 500 mg, take it 2 to 3 times a day, preferably before meals.