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Purple corn is a variety of Zea mays, an annual grain plant in the grass family (Poaceae) and is native to Peru. Purple corn was sacred to the Inca people and is used to make a sweet, nonalcoholic beverage called chicha morada. Its anthocyanin content is responsible for many health benefits.

The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Please enjoy this information on purple corn made available through the generosity of Artemis International's adoption.

Additional ABC Purple Corn Resources

HerbalGram Articles

The Potential Health Benefits of Purple Corn. 2005; 65:46-49

HerbClip reviews

Antioxidant Potential of Purple Corn. HC# 060272-346, 2/15/2008.

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