Health benefits of mung bean (green gram)
February 16th, 2016 | By Dr.Muhammad Tahir, Adeela Sadaf and Nawal Zafar | No Comments
The leguminous plant (Vignaradiate L.),alternatively called the mung bean, green gram, Lentil, however not mungo, may be a plant species within the pea family. Native to the Indian landmass, the leguminous plant is principally cultivated these days in India, China, and Southeast Asia. It is conjointly cultivated in hot, dry regions in Southern Europe and also the South. Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Its used as associate ingredient in each savory and sweet dishes. The production of mung has increased by 3.3 percentduring 2013-14.Mung has been cultivated on the area of 130.9 thousand hectares and its production was 92.9thousand tones.
A famous Chinese herbal pharmacist, Li Shi Zhen, expressed in his book, Ben Cao Gang Mu, that “mung beans are highly recommended not only as a rich source of nutrients but also as medication” and described that mung beans can facilitate to clear heat and toxins from the body, balance the organs and skin.
Clear Heat and Prevent Heat-stroke:
Chinese believe that the external environment has a very strong influence on the body. For instance, during a hot summer the body will absorb some more heat from its external environment. If the body cannot release this heat, then cause physical changes in the body, including: body will feel hot, red face, very thirsty, dry skin, constipation, lack of energy, headache, dizziness.In hot seasons, Ancient Chinese recommend foods that are cooling in nature, can balance the body and can release the heat. These kinds of foods should be a part of the daily diet in the summer.Mung bean soup is very important which is extremely beneficial. Drinking two or three cups per day to release the summer heat as well as reduce the above symptoms.
Clear Skin and Help in Acne:
Mung beans are sweet in taste and cooling in nature. In very old ancient Chinese books, Kai Bao Ben Cao, mentions that “mung beans act more on the Heart channel and clear heat and toxins from the skin, and cool heat in the blood”. Therefore, mung beans can help in acne and other skin diseases, such as the common skin rash, cold sores, mouth ulcers, pimples and boils. In these conditions, mung bean soup is very important to reduce these diseases.
Clear Toxins from the Blood and Body:
Now in Modern science it is also considered that mung beans can facilitate to clear toxins from the body, consisting of environmental toxins and chemicals.
i) In diarrhea or cold hands and feet avoid eating of mung beans.
ii) If you are doubtful that mung beans are suitable for you or not then consult your experienced Medicine practitioner.
Mungand other kinds of beans have protease inhibitors. Protease inhibitors reduce the replication of cancer cells which involve in breast cancer. Protease inhibitors block and prevent formation of tumor cells.
Mung beans are very low glycemic index food, which means that beans are very diabetic friendly food. Low glycemic foods stimulate the levels of healthy blood sugar. People who consume low glycemic index foods tend to have lower total body fat levels as compare to those people who consume high-glycemic foods, like white bread and soft drinks. In studiesits shown that, mung beans reduce the blood glucose, glucagon, plasma C-peptide and levels of blood urea nitrogen in non-human type-2 diabetic patients. In the study, mung bean seed coats and mung bean sproutswere consumed for five weeks before final conclusion.
If you have high cholesterol you may benefit from eating mung beans daily. Mung beans are low in cholesterol and high in soluble dietary fibers. Dietary fiber refers to certain food particles that cannot be digested. Dietary fiber comes in two forms,soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber aids in normalizing bowl movements, but it does not do much for lowering blood pressure.
Solublefiber, when mixed with water in the digestive tract, will form a gel-like material, which in turn aids in supporting essential bodily functions.
Foods rich in soluble dietary fibers are shown to help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by encouraging the production of LDL receptors that are responsible for removing excess LDL cholesterol out of the blood stream. It is recommended to consume 10 to 25 g of soluble fiber per day to reduce the amount of LDL cholesterol. Mung beans contain 1.9 g of total dietary fiber per cup. Mung beans may be combined with other dietary fiber-rich foods to further lower LDL cholesterol levels.
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