Good source of vitamins:
Like other cereals, corn is also a good source of vitamins, especially B complex vitamins. Vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, folate, etc can be found in corn. These vitamins play a vital role in the development of your child. Thiamin is good for maintaining nerves and brain development. Niacin is helpful in metabolizing sugars, proteins and fatty acids. Folate is helpful in maintaining new cells and reduces the risk of anemia. Other vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin K and vitamin E are also found in corn.
Supply of essential minerals:
Corn or maize is also a good source of minerals as well. Essential minerals such as phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and trace elements such as selenium are also found in corn. Phosphorous is good for bone health apart from calcium. Potassium is a better electrolyte when compared to sodium and iron is useful in making hemoglobin.
Good source of antioxidants:
The seeds of maize have shown to be positive for antioxidant activity. These antioxidants are much needed by our body, even for kids. As free radicals develop in our body, they have a damaging effect on our body by means of tissue and DNA damage. This damage can be reduced by taking food filled with antioxidants. Antioxidants counter act free radicals and neutralize them. (Kravic, et al, 2009).
Corn seeds act as good natural laxative. These can be given regularly to those who suffer from constipation. Or else, corn flour can be given, but make sure that it is whole corn flour and not refined corn flour.
Good for eyesight:
The yellow colored seeds of corn are very good for eyesight. This yellow color comes from a biochemical known as zeaxanthin. This biochemical has been known to improve eyesight, not only for aging people, but it is also good for children, as consuming it from an early age acts as a protector of eyesight.