Mung Beans A Beauty Ingredient?

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Words : Mandulee Mendis 

Mung bean, or green gram, is an ingredient which is abundantly found in any Sri Lankan household. As Dr.Tharka Kankanam Gamage points out, it is not only a delicious food, but also an effective beauty ingredient.

Roots of Mung Beans

The scientific name of mung beans is Vigna Radiata. It belongs to the Leguminoseae family and its roots lie in India and Central Asia. Mung beans are mainly cultivated in the countries Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Pakistan and China. The names golden gram, green gram, celera bean and Jerusalem pea are also used to refer to mung beans.

What are the health benefits of mung beans?

Mung beans are very high in protein. Mung beans are a good source of antioxidants, which may reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Mung beans are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties that help protect against heat stroke, high body temperatures, thirst and more. High blood pressure is a serious health problem because it puts you at risk of heart disease the leading cause of death in the world. Mung beans may help lower blood pressure. Mung bean is a good source of potassium, magnesium and fiber. In particular, mung beans contain a type of soluble fiber which can help keep your bowels regular by speeding up the movement of food through your gut. Mung beans are high in folate, iron and protein, all of which women need more of during pregnancy. However avoid raw mung bean sprouts when you’re pregnant, as they may contain harmful bacteria.

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