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From Seed to Supplement

The Zamaize name combines the root words Zea mays, the scientific genus name for purple corn, and maize, the Spanish translation for corn. Zamaize is a unique purple corn extract using the edible corn kernel for extraction, supporting clean label initiatives with powerful anthocyanins. Zamaize contains three families of anthocyanins – Cyanidin, Peonidin and Pelargonidin; the majority of anthocyanins are Cyanidin-3-glucosides (C3G).

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A little more about Zamaize

Zamaize is grown in the United States, extracted, and concentrated from a purple corn hybrid seed, developed for eight years to optimize functionality and stability. The result is a certified organic product with a neutral taste and odor that does not require masking agents. Zamaize is made without the use of solvents through gentle water extraction prior to spray-drying. Zamaize is a proprietary, natural product offering an alternative to existing antioxidant sources. From our farmers to our scientists, we are proud to present this new functional ingredient to enhance your brand and delight your customers.

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Academic Article

Abstract: Purple corn (Zea mays L.), a grain with one of the deepest shades in the plant kingdom, has caught the attention of the food industry as it could serve as a source for alternatives to synthetic colorants. Also being rich in phenolic compounds with potential health-promoting properties, purple corn is becoming a rising star in the novel ingredients market. Although having been widely advertised as a “healthy” food, the available information on purple corn benefits has not yet been well reviewed and summarized. In this [referenced] review, we [authors] present compositional information focused on the potential functional phenolic compounds corelated to health-promoting effects. Studies evaluating potential health-benefitting properties, including in vitro tests, cell models, animal and human trials, are also discussed. This [referenced] paper emphasizes research using purple corn, or its extracts, but some other plant sources with similar phenolic composition to purple corn are also mentioned. Dosage and toxicity of purple corn studies are also reviewed. Purple corn phenolic compounds have been shown in numerous studies to have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, anticarcinogenic, and anti-angiogenesis properties. They were also found to ameliorate lifestyle diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, hyperglycemia, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases, based on their strong antioxidant power involving biochemical regulation amelioration. With promising evidence from cell and animal studies, this rich source of health-promoting compounds warrants additional attention to better understand its potential contributions to human health.

Source: Lao, F., Sigurdson, G.T., and Giusti, M.M. “Health Benefits of Purple Corn (Zea mays L.) Phenolic Compounds.” Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. Vol 16, 2017. doi:10.1111/1541-4337.1249

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