Green Mung Bean Health Benefits

Green Mung Bean Lowers Blood PressureThe 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. 

-Michael Tierra, in The Way of Herbs

Green Mung Bean Soup Recipe from The Dr. Oz  Show

Green Mung Bean Hummus Recipe

 

 

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Becki Baumgartner

Herbalist, Certified Tennessee Naturalist, Certified Reiki Master at LuminEarth.com
Becki Baumgartner is a certified member of the Academy of Integrated Health & Medicine. Becki graduated from Clayton College in 2011 with a BS in Natural Health, Minor in Herbology, obtained her Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master Certification in 2012, and her Tennessee Naturalist Certification in 2013. She is currently enrolled in the Master Herbalist Program at the Academy of Natural Health Sciences. She has been a Lead Investigator for Volunteer State Paranormal Research since 2010 and in 2012 joined Natchez Trace Veterinary Services, an Alternative Medicine Veterinary Clinic, as Practice Manager and Herbalist. She is also a volunteer naturalist for Metro Parks and the Nashville Medical Reserve Corps, facilitates a weekly Reiki Share at Center of Symmetry in Nashville, and facilitates Reiki, Herbology and Alternative Health classes and workshops in the Nashville Area. Chat with Becki on Google+ | LinkedIn | Facebook
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