Mung beans grow in sandy loam soils and prefer tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates. While most are green, there are also rare varieties of yellow, greenish yellow, brown, and black. Mung beans have become quite popular in recent years due to their high protein content. It is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians.
Mung beans have enzymes, nutrients, and antioxidants that are essential for maintaining good health. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine for therapeutic uses such as detoxifying the body and eliminating heat. The presence of medicinal properties in mung beans helps to improve health. It is good for eye, hair, nail and liver health. It also increases blood circulation. It is high in fiber and low in calories.
Mung bean seeds have nutrients such as isoleucine, leucine and valine that make it an effective choice for vegetarians. Mung beans contain 20 to 24 percent amino acids, according to the Harbin Institute of Technology Department of Chemistry. Albumin and Globulin make up about 85 percent of the total amino acids found in Mung beans.
Folate is essential for DNA synthesis, tissue and cell growth, cognitive function, balancing hormones, and reproduction. Adequate folate consumption is vital during pregnancy, helping to prevent neural tube defects and prevent premature births and termination. Mung beans are low in magnesium, which is essential for the proper functioning of the heart, digestive health, neurotransmitter release, and repair of muscle tissues.
Mung beans have nutrients, vitamins, including dietary fiber, which contains large amounts of copper. In terms of vitamins, mung beans contain vitamins K, B2, B9, B3, B5, B1, and B6. As for minerals, Mung beans contain significant amounts of copper, iron, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, calcium and sodium. It is also a good source of antioxidants such as selenium, Vitamin C, E, A and Beta carotene.
Prevents heart ailments;
The study, published in the Journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology, shows that mung beans have the ability to lower bad cholesterol levels. It helps regulate cholesterol levels as its antioxidants eliminate free radicals, repair damage to blood vessels and reduce inflammation. Strokes and heart attacks are the cause of oxidized LDL cholesterol. Mung beans help clear arteries and increase circulation.
Reduces blood pressure;
The nutrient found in mung beans has the ability to counteract cardiovascular diseases and high blood pressure. The study, published in the Chemistry Central Journal, shows that Mung bean extracts lower systolic blood pressure in rats. The researcher reports that the anti-hypertensive effects of mung beans reduce the constriction of blood vessels, which in turn raises blood pressure.
Mung beans contain high amounts of polyphenols and oligosaccharides that help to eliminate the development of cancer. Clinical studies show that it has anti-tumor properties that prevent DNA damage and mutation of dangerous cells. Research led by the College of Food Science and Nutrition Engineering at the Chinese Agricultural University reports that the antioxidants found in mung beans have free radical scavenging abilities. Flavonoids such as vitexin and isovitexin reduce oxidative stress that leads to cancer formation.
Improves the immune system;
The phytonutrients present in mung beans act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial that helps boost immunity and counteract harmful bacteria, colds, viruses, irritation, rashes. Mung beans increase nutrient absorption and immune defense.
Helps to lose weight;
Mung beans contain high amounts of protein and fiber. The researcher reports that beans with high fiber content increase the level of cholecystokinin, the satiety hormone. Other studies show that bean consumption increases satiety. Daily mung bean intake reduces food intake, which promotes weight loss.