Green tea is so yesterday – Korean corn silk tea may just be the newest “it” drink. Though many types of tea have displayed health benefits, studies show that corn silk helps alleviate ailments from kidney stones to carpal tunnel syndrome.
According to the Korea Times, new studies say corn silk even carries anti-cancer agents as well as a chemical that prevent aging of the skin.
In 2006, Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical, a leading pharma company in Korea, introduced Corn Silk Tea and has seen continual sales growth ever since.
I’m sure having actors Hyeon Bin and Han Hyo-joo as the faces of the product didn’t hurt either. They lent their V-shaped faces to the commercials, which feature the tea as a slimming drink, helping to create the V-shaped face line (slim and sharp jawline) that is so highly desired in Korea – here, the smaller your face, the bigger the beauty factor.
Hyeon Bin‘s commercial:
Han Hyo-joo‘s commercial:
Kwang Dong Pharmaceutical now exports the tea overseas to countries including the U.S., China, Japan and Taiwan.
However, Kwang Dong has stated that the drink is not for medical use, adding “a consumer should not expect it to improve their health”, although studies have shown that corn silk is widely used in traditional Korean medicine.
According to the Korea Times, “The Rural Development Administration (RDA) and Kwang Dong have succeeded in developing the technology to extract maysin from corn silk. Maysin is a type of flavonoid that can reduce cancer risks in some cases.
A different study this year showed that corn silk contains substances that can slow down the aging process of the skin.
The Regional Innovation Center (RIC) under the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy said a condensed extract of corn silk in liquid form can be used as an antioxidant and also prevent wrinkles. The extract increased the number of hyaluronan synthase 2, a substance that helps the human body maintain moisture. The extract also reduced the amount of matrix metalloproteinase-1, which dissolves collagen to prevent wrinkles”.
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