From Life Extension Magazine Jan 2014 issue, one realizes that mung beans should be part of every the 2 diabetic's arsenal against obesity and several chronic age related diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity.
History tells us that mung beans were domesticated in India as early as 1500 BC before spreading thorough out Asia and finally to the USA. Their health benefits have been valued for centuries. Although mung beans have been grown here is the USA since the 1830's, 75% of the 15-20 million pounds of mung beans consumed in the USA every year are imported.
Partial list of Benefits:
- Based on a study published in Human and Experimental Toxicology, scientists discovered that mung beans are highly effective in inhibiting LDL oxidation due to their potent free radical scavenging properties. (Oxidized LDL cholesterol is one of the most powerful predictors of future cardiovascular events.)
- Mung beans have also shown promise in reducing high blood pressure. This is believed to be because of a high concentration of protein fragments known as peptides which act to reduce the activity of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) which constricts blood vessels and raises blood pressure.
- Mung beans are rich in magnesium and since magnesium deficiency is rampant among Americans with statistics showing 7 out of 10 are consuming less than the recommended RDA of magnesium.
- Mung beans are a LOW-GLYCEMIC INDEX FOOD and therefore ideal for people with type 2 diabetes. When human volunteers were fed a 50 gram portion of mung beans they exhibited a lower glucose response than when eating an equivalent amount of other carbohydrate foods such as grains, breads, pasta and breakfast cereals.
- Mung beans show anti-cancer effects. They have shown promise in suppressing the growth of human liver and cervical cancer. Eating mung beans twice a week showed a 24% reduction in breast cancer risk based on a Harvard's School of Public Health study.
- Mung beans due to the double benefit of high fiber and protein is one of the most effective dietary foods to combat obesity and enhance weight loss.
Shouldn't they be on your grocery list? You can enjoy them cooked, or as mung bean sprouts. Try some today!
Exodus 15:26 NIV
He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you."