Add Beans To Your Diet For Amazing Health Benefits

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Some of the health benefits on offer from beans

By adding beans to your diet, you can expect the following health benefits.

  • Beans are high in amino acids which play a major role in the formation of protein in the body. Proteins have a key role in almost every function of the body. Research has shown that of all the varieties of beans, only soybeans contain all 9 amino acids, but studies have revealed – for example, you can have beans at lunch and cheese later, which will give you the complete protein you need for good health. Beans also make an excellent source of protein for vegetarians and vegans. Strict vegetarians or absolute vegans can take natural supplements to ensure they get complete proteins in their diets.
  • Vitamin B. Beans contain several nutrients and vitamins, especially the B vitamin B9 also known as folate, and B1 – known as thiamine. A lack of these particular B vitamins may cause weakness, fatigue, heart palpitations, a loss of appetite, and irritability. Vitamin B9 is also needed for good DNA, and preventing certain genetic birth defects.
  • Free radicals which rampage around in the body damaging organs are effectively controlled and eliminated by antioxidants, which are prolific in beans. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities in beans also help to slow down the aging process, and prevent cancer.
  • Heart health. A detailed analysis of previous studies done in 2013 found a clear connection between eating beans and a reduced risk of cardiovascular and heart disease.
  • Diabetes and high blood sugar. Beans are known to stabilise blood sugar levels and may prevent the onset of early diabetes. The high fiber content can also help to lower high blood sugar.
  • Soybeans support the healthy functioning of the pancreas cells, which assists the pancreas to effectively produce insulin that regulates blood sugar.
  • Appetite control. The very high fibre content and healthy vegetable starches in beans make you feel full after eating, and may curb overeating, and subsequently even help with weight loss.
  • Gut health. A healthy gut depends on certain healthy bacteria. Research has indicated that a variety of beans, particularly black beans, improve gut health by increasing the amount of healthy bacteria in the intestines. A healthy gut promotes the absorption of nutrients and minerals by the small intestine for the body’s good health.
  • Trace minerals. Beans have high levels of minerals which are necessary for good health. Included are minerals such as calcium, needed for healthy bones and blood clotting, magnesium for muscle and nerve function, and iron to prevent anaemia and promote the formation of red blood cells.
  • Omega 3. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid which is abundantly available in beans. Omega 3 promotes heart health, healthy blood circulation, and controls high blood pressure.

Studies and research have indeed provided evidence that beans are among the most nutrient-dense foods available in nature.

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