Succulent blueberries, sun-ripened tomatoes, juicy brambles – all contain anti-inflammatory properties. As signaled by their vibrant colors.
Like purple maize. The cobs, like the corn, contain color pigments called anthocyanins that can help safeguard against diabetes and heart disease, but are often simply discarded.
Fortunately researchers have developed a novel approach which puts them to use. First ground-up cobs are mixed with water, removing roughly a third of the pigments contained inside.
What remains is mixed with alcohol. Compounds extracted at this point are particularly good at preventing infection.
The rest can be used as animal litter. It’s more absorbent than its competitors and, due to remaining anthocyanins, better at reducing odors and bacteria.