Food Health

Mung Beans Health Benefits

Growing up, mung beans was one of my favorite food to eat .  Being an alkaline food, in many eastern countries, mung beans are believed to remove heat and toxins from the body.  My grandma used to boil mung beans in the water so we can drink the water to help us cool down and detoxify in the hot summer months.  Mung beans are highly recommended super food and a rich source of nutrient including potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc and various vitamins.

Mung Beans Nutrition (8oz cooked)

  • 212 Calories
  • 14 g of Protein
  • 15 g of Fibers
  • 1 g of Fat
  • 4 g of Sugar
  • 321 mcg of Folate
  • 97 mg of Magnesium
  • .33 mg of Vitamin B1 Thiamine
  • .6 mg of Manganese
  • 7 mg of Zinc
  • .8 mg of Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid
  • .13 mg of Vitamin B6
  • 55 mg of Calcium
  • 2.8 mg of Iron
  • .3 mg of Copper
  • 537 mg of Potassium

Mung beans benefits

1. Grow your hair and nails

Because mung beans are rich in nutrient with vitamin B and protein it can help you grow your hair and nail growth.  Instead of taking biotin or vitamin B supplement for hair and nails, just eat one cup of cooked beans every day.

2. Protect Against Heart Diseases and Lower High Cholesterol

In the Journal of Human and Experimental Toxicology, scientists found that mung beans are highly effective at inhibiting LDL(bad cholesterol) oxidation.  Mung bean have the capability to control cholesterol levels since their antioxidants act like potent free-radical scavengers, overturning damage done to blood vessels and decreasing inflammation.

3. Aids Lower High Blood Pressure

Nutrition in mung beans has the ability to fight high blood pressure.  In a 2014 Chemistry Central Journal study, rats that were given mung bean sprouts extracts for one month experienced powerful reductions in systolic blood pressure.

Mung beans’ anti-hypertensive effects might be due to their high concentration of protein fragments known as peptides concluded by scientists. These help to decline to compress of blood vessels that raise blood pressure.

4. Provide a high source of protein to help with weight loss

Mung beans have a high amount of protein and fibers to help with weight loss because it makes you full.  Scientists recognized that a single meal with high-fiber beans will increase the satiety hormone called cholecystokinin which helps control apatite.  Fiber is known to help food move through your digestive tract faster.  Eating mung beans frequently can help with hunger and promote weight loss.

5. Easy To Digest and Easy to cook

Unlike many other beans, mung beans are one of the easiest beans to digest, no bloating or excessive gas once consumed.  Also, mung beans are very easy to cook with less time while other beans take much longer to cook.

6. Can help with PMS Symptoms

Mung beans contain vitamin B, vitamin B6, and folate, which are important for regulating hormone variations that can lead to PMS symptoms.  Folate, magnesium, and B vitamins are helpful for lowering the pain associated with PMS cramps, headaches, mood swings, fatigue and muscle pains.

7. Can Prevent and Treat Type 2 Diabetes

In 2008 a study was done by the Institute of Crop Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences found that when rats were given mung bean supplement, they experienced lowered blood sugar, plasma C-peptide, glucagon, total cholesterol, and triglyceride levels.  In additions, the rats in the study developed enhanced glucose resistance and increased insulin responsiveness.

Where To Buy

Mung beans can be found at any Asian groceries store or in the international aisle of your local supermarket. If not you can always try Amazon.