I’m always quoting Hippocrates. “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food.” Choosing healthy foods slowly nourishes your body and keeps it looking and feeling good throughout your life. Some food pack a great punch, giving you more bang for your buck. Mung beans are definitely a great example of that. So let’s look at the ways that mung bean sprouts boost your health.
Aids in Weight Loss
Mung beans help with weight loss in a variety of ways. They are low in calories. They are high in fiber which can make you feel fuller and eat less. This fiber has the added benefit of reducing cholesterol levels and lowering blood sugar levels, so people with diabetes often add mung beans to their diet. Mung beans are a mild diuretic. That helps to reduce excess water weight. To boost the anti-diuretic action, use the beans in food and add cumin, parsley, coriander, fennel, and celery. In other words, try an Indian dish!
Helps to Detoxify the Body
Mung beans are used in Ayurvedic medicine to help detoxify the body. If you are experiencing bloating, fatigue, a white coating on your tongue, or in frequent or hard bowel movements, you could benefit from a cleanse. The best way to do this is with kitchari, which is a blend of mung beans and spices. You eat this with your food for at least ten days while avoiding alcohol, sugar, cold foods, and processed foods. This is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
Mung beans are high in copper. This keeps the skin looking wrinkle free and hair and nails strong and healthy. If you have heard the saying, “Black don’t crack,” this could be why. Mung beans are regularly consumed in places where people have melanin. So, it might not be the melanin, but the diet.
Mung beans are high in calcium and Vitamin C. This helps to keep bones strong. This is especially important for older people, athletes, and those who drink sodas.
Keeps Gums Strong
If your gums aren’t strong, your teeth are vulnerable to disease. Mung beans contain sodium that the body needs to maintain gum health. If you have pain, bleeding while brushing, or a foul mouth odor, you could need sodium.
Keeps Eyes Healthy
Mung beans are loaded with vision promoting vitamins. They can help keep the retina flexible and adaptable.
Mung beans are packed with health benefits. These six are just a teaser to get you interested in natural medicine in general and mung beans in particular. Most people sprout the beans because in this stage of growth, the plant has many more health benefits.
If you choose to sprout your beans, be careful of bacteria growth! You can get sick if your plants get moldy. Also take it easy. You can also overdo a good thing and take away the health benefits. If you want to play it safe, just use mung bean paste in your food as a thickener or add it to smooties. Or just go here where you can find lots of recipes to help you add mung beans to your diet.