The Incredible Health Benefits Of Green Beans.
On 7th November 2017
You may have hated seeing them in your lunchbox, but the fact is that green beans are one of the most nutritious vegetables that children can eat. And your parents knew that well. One of the oldest cultivated vegetables, green beans have many varieties you could pick from - String beans, French beans or Snap beans are all rich in vitamins A, C, and K, they are a good source of folic acid and heart protective calcium and fiber. Harvesting green beans is an interesting process. The book ‘Healing Foods’ writes, “fresh green beans are edible pods picked early in the plant’s growth cycle. As they mature, the pods become tough, fibrous and inedible”.
#1 Reduce the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Green beans can help reduce the risk of heart disease due to their high levels of flavonoids. Flavonoids are polyphenolic antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits and vegetables. They have high levels of flavonoids and these antioxidants have certain anti-inflammatory properties. Test subjects with high flavonoid levels experienced anti-thrombotic results, preventing blood clots in the arteries and veins. Cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes are commonly caused by thrombotic activity, which means that a healthy volume of green beans and flavonoids in a diet can help prevent some of these conditions.
#2 Good for Skin, hair and nails
This nutritional powerhouse can do wonders for your skin, hair, and nails. Green beans are loaded with an easily absorbed type of silicon, which is important for the formation of healthy connective tissues and strengthening nails and boosting skin health.
#3 Fertility and pregnancy
For women of child-bearing age, consuming more iron from plant sources such as spinach, beans, pumpkin, and green beans appears to promote fertility, according to Harvard Medical School.
Other studies have shown a correlation between a woman's level of fertility and the level of according to, including iron, that she consumes. Pairing iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods like tomatoes, bell peppers, or berries can improve iron absorption.
Adequate folic acid intake is also needed during pregnancy, to protect the fetus against neural tube defects. One cup of green beans provides approximately 10 percent of daily folic acid needs and 6 percent of iron.