7 Health Benefits of Adzuki Beans
Posted on August 9, 2012
Adzuki beans are popular in Asian cooking and are often served with rice or turned into a paste and used in desserts. They were first cultivated between 4000 BC and 2000 BC.
Here are 7 health benefits of adzuki beans:
Adzuki beans are an excellent source of soluble fiber, which helps to keep cholesterol levels in a healthy range. Lower cholesterol is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. They also contain folate, potassium, and magnesium, all of which are essential for a healthy heart.
The fiber in adzuki beans helps to keep the digestive system running smoothly, prevents constipation and may help to prevent colon cancer.
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels also help to prevent and treat diabetes. Being diagnosed with diabetes means that your body cannot keep blood sugar levels in balance – the fiber and nutrients in beans helps to keep them at normal levels.
The fiber in adzuki beans fills your stomach and keeps you feeling satiated longer. They are also high in protein which helps to keep blood sugar levels low and which, in turn, may help to keep weight off.
Adzuki beans are a good way to get B vitamins, including B6, B2, B1, B3, and folic acid.
Just a quarter cup of adzuki beans contains 100% of the recommended daily intake of molybdenum, a trace mineral that produces the enzyme sulfite oxidase which is crucial for liver detoxification.
In addition to being a great source of the trace mineral molybdenum, they also contain good amounts of copper, zinc, and manganese.