Mung beans offer antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anti inflammatory, antihypertensive and antitumor effects.
Here are some specific health benefits of consuming mung beans regularly.
- Lowers Cholesterol & Heart Disease Risk
By preventing oxidation of LDL, mung beans keep the arteries clear and improve blood circulation. Not only does this reduce inflammation, it reverses damage to the blood vessels.
By preventing deposition of plaque the risk of heart attack & stroke is reduced as well.
- Easiest to Digest Among all Beans
Though all beans & legumes cause gas & abdominal bloating in some people, mung beans are the easiest to digest. Soaking the beans in water before cooking and also sprouting them reduces this issue.
- Lowers High Blood Pressure
A study in 2014, published in the Chemistry Central Journal, showed that rats given mung bean sprout extracts for a month significantly lowered systolic blood pressure levels.
It is believed that peptides that are present in high levels in these beans prevented the contraction of blood vessels.
The high levels of aminoacids, oligosaccharides & polyphenols provide high antioxidant levels not only fight tumors and cancer but also protect against DNA damage and cell mutation.
The flavonoids vitexin & isovitexin have high free radical scavenging activities which help lower oxidative stress, the cancer causative factor.
This was found in a study done by the College of Food Science & Nutritional Engineering at the China Agricultural University.
The various B complex vitamins, especially folate & B6, and magnesium help regulate hormonal fluctuations which cause these PMS symptoms.
- May Prevent & Possibly Treat Diabetes Type 2
Not only do mung beans lower blood glucose levels, they also reduce total cholesterol levels, triglycerides, plasma C peptides and glucagon levels, as was found in a study done by the Institute of Crop Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in 2008.
Mung beans also improved glucose tolerance and increased insulin responsiveness.
- Helps Reduce Weight & Fights Obesity
Mung beans are a filling food. The high fiber & protein levels produce longer satiety times due to the double increase of the satiety hormone cholecystokinin as compared to meals that are devoid of these beans.
Therefore consuming mung beans on a regular basis helps decrease food intake, thus lower weight and aid in fighting obesity.
- Boosts Immunity & Protects Against Infections
The wide variety of phytonutrients in mung beans is not only anti inflammatory but anti microbial as well. These help fight harmful bacteria & viruses, maintain healthy gut bacteria and raise immunity levels. They ensure optimal digestive tract health and thus promote optimum nutrient absorption.
- Excellent Source of High-Quality Protein
Along with high levels of protein, mung beans contain high levels of globulin and albumin, the main storage proteins. These account for over 60% of their total amino acids.
The other amino acids including leucine, isoleucine & valine make the protein in mung beans, a complete protein.
For vegans & vegetarians, mung beans, therefore, are an important source of excellent and complete protein that is easily digestible as well.
- Provides Detoxification Benefits
Our ancestors knew about the detoxification effects of mung beans. The protein, tannin & other polyphenols are believed to combine with organophosphorus pesticides, mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals thereby promoting their excretion from the body.
Mung bean phytoestrogens have anti aging benefits as they stimulate the production of collagen, elasticin * hyaluronic acid, all essential to a younger, healthier skin.