Mung beans are also known as Green Gram and Golden Gram. They were first domesticated in India. They form an excellent source of protein. Mung beans are rich in antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients, minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, calcium and vitamins like vitamin k, vitamin B2, B9, B3, B5, B1, B6 vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C and beta carotene.
Why should you consume mung beans?
- Mung beans lowers the cholesterol effectively and thus protects the heart from stroke or heart attack. It keeps the arteries clean and prevents atherosclerosis.
- Mung beans have anti-hypertensive effect therefore lowers the blood pressure.
- Amino acids, oligosaccharides and polyphenols imparts antioxidant properties to mung beans which helps in fighting cancer and also protects the DNA from damage.
- They help in lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, plasma C-peptide, glucose and glucagon levels. Therefore, they help in increasing the insulin sensitivity.
- Mung beans are excellent source of protein, they are regarded as “complete protein” food.
- The phytonutrients found in mung beans are anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial in nature. It protects against various infections, bacteria, viruses and colds.
- Folate is essential for DNA synthesis, cell and tissue growth, hormonal balance, cognitive function and reproduction. It also prevents birth defects.
- Magnesium is necessary for proper digestive health, heart beat, release of neurotransmitter and for repair of muscular tissue.
- Mung beans are extremely rich in protein and fiber, therefore aids in weight loss and treats obesity. It increases the satiety hormone called cholecystokinin which gives the feeling of fullness.
- It decreases the symptoms of PMS.
- It helps in detoxification and the fiber present in the mung beans prevents constipation and IBS symptoms.
- Traditionally it is used as an anti-diuretic and antipyretic.