The bean contains very important active ingredients, such as proteins, fibers, amino acids, flavonoids, lecithin, lysine, tyrosine, triipophane, iron, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin C.The main properties of the bean are those that act on the stimulation of diuresis and the control of blood sugar, in fact the plant extract is used in herbal medicine and in homeopathic remedies for treatments against cellulite and in general for weight control. The diuretic property is in fact remarkable and for this reason it is also useful in the prevention of renal disorders, such as stones, and all the pathologies that derive from the accumulation of harmful substances in the body.The hypoglycemic activity, which is lighter but still produces its effects, is due to the presence of glucokinin, a plant substance similar to insulinThe active ingredients contained in the bean, thanks to the presence of tyrosine, also have the ability to stimulate the metabolism and help the thyroid gland to function properly. They can be useful for intestinal regularity due to the high fiber content, which also produces a sense of satiety, which is why beans are a valid aid in slimming diets.Recent studies have shown that regular consumption of beans is also a preventive treatment against atherosclerosis and heart disease, even if it is a thesis not yet proven.beans are also known to be very nutritious, thanks to the presence of carbohydrates and proteins, they also represent a particularly healthy food for our body being low in fat.Use
The bean pod it is used above all in homeopathy and in herbal medicine, in different forms: in powder, in herbal tea, in tablets, in capsules and as a mother tincture. For the powdered bean a dosage of 600 to 1200 mg a day is recommended, while the herbal tea is good taken between one meal and another, two or three times a day.
The mother tincture, which is prepared with dried bean seeds in a hydro-alcoholic solution, requires a medical prescription that also establishes the ideal dosage.
Tablets and capsules based on bean pod they are used mainly in slimming diets, in the case of cellulite and in the prevention of kidney stones, with a recommended dose of 2 capsules just before the main meals.
For food use, the beans are sold dry, fresh, or canned. The fresh ones must first be shelled and then cooked, while the canned ones, the most used in the kitchen, are more practical because they are already ready for use. As for dry beans, instead they need a thorough washing to remove impurities, a soaking period of about 24 hours, and finally you can proceed with cooking.
Extracts derived from the bean pod may be contraindicated in pregnancy, for those suffering from constipation or gastroduodenal ulcer and in subjects taking thyroid hormones
It is also important to know that raw bean seeds can cause intoxication and poisoning, especially in children, due to the content of fasina, which is a poisonous protein. For this reason it is important to eat the beans after cooking.
In fact, among some indigenous peoples it was customary to extract from the legumes this active ingredient for the preparation of poisons, among which it was considered mortal that obtained from the mixture with the lotus.