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Curr Pharm Des. 2017;23(34):5097-5103. doi: 10.2174/1381612823666170926152425.

Beneficial Effects of Corn Silk on Metabolic Syndrome.

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1
Department of Pediatrics, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, The State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA.
2
Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai 200233, China.
3
Department of Pediatrics, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, The State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, United States.

Abstract

Metabolic syndrome (MS) is a very common medical problem worldwide. It includes obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, and abnormal levels of triglycerides and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol. It is closely associated with insulin resistance and may lead to diabetes mellitus, liver diseases, or cardiovascular diseases. Corn silk (CS), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been reported to have multiple beneficial effects, including hypotensive, anti-diabetic, and hypolipidemic properties. This suggests that corn silk could be used to treat or prevent metabolic syndrome. In this review, we will discuss the potential role of corn silk in different components of metabolic syndrome.

KEYWORDS:

Corn silk; diabetes; dyslipidemia; hypertension; maydis stigma; metabolic syndrome

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