The green mung bean is originally from India and may also be known as the green gram, golden gram and chop suey bean. Green mung bean sprouts are often used in salads and stir-frys. Ayurvedic Yogi recommends a mono diet of green mung soup for several days or more as a deep detox for your body.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Green Mung Bean Health Benefits
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, mung beans are “cold” (yin) in nature.
In the Compendium of Materia Medica, Li Shizen (a pharmacologist in the Ming Dynasty 1368-1644) recorded that cooked mung beans could:
- Dispel internal heat
- Dispel toxins
- Relieve edema
- Relieve heat stroke and thirst
- Calm nerves
- Reinforce quan qi (original energy)
- Harmonize organs
- Nourish the skin
- Promote urination
Western Herbal Green Mung Bean Health Benefits
Green mung beans have been shown to have the following health benefits:
- Constipation: The high fiber content of mung beans moves improves intestinal motility.
- Hair and Nails: Mung beans are high in protein and zinc which improve the strength of hair and nails.
- Hangover: Mung beans quickly detoxify the body and remove the symptoms of hangover
- Heart Disease: Mung beans have been shown reduce heart disease when consumed several times per week
- High Blood Pressure: Consuming a small amount of green mung beans daily has shown to reduce high blood pressure
- Liver Health: Mung beans contain a large amount of lecithin which reduces liver fat and regulates the normal functioning of the liver.
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Skin/Anti-Aging: Mung beans contain phytoestrogens which aid in the production of collagen and elastin which improve skin tone.
- Toxin Removal: According to TCM, mung beans expel toxins from the body
- Weight Loss: Mung beans are low in calories and rich in proteins and fiber
For high blood pressure, a simple remedy is to put two or three tablespoons of mung beans in a cup of boiling water in the morning. Allow it to stand until cool enough to drink, leaving the mung beans at the bottom of the cup. Repeat afternoon and evening by adding boiling water to the remaining mung beans. In the evening, drink the broth and eat the beans.
- China.org: Using the Tiny Green Bean
- Nutritional and Health Benefits of Green Mung Beans
- The Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra
- Village Talk
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