An antihypertensive diet does not necessarily involve eating bland foods. Regarding the Eastern culture, scientists have discovered a powerful bean that reduces the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) which constricts blood vessels resulting in high blood pressure.
Mung beans are tiny, oval-shaped beans available in several forms, with the peeled version popular in Indian dishes, and the processed version of bean sprouts and starched noodles more common in Asian cuisine.
In a study published in the journal Human and Experimental Toxicology, scientists found that mung beans are very effective at inhibiting LDL oxidation due to their powerful free radical scavenging properties.
The versatile mung bean has also been shown to target another important cardiovascular disease risk factor in high blood pressure.
Hypertensive rats supplemented with mung bean sprout extracts for one month experienced significant reductions in systolic blood pressure.
Mung beans have a high concentration of phenols and protein fragments called peptides that help reduce the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) which constricts blood vessels leading to high blood pressure.
Recent studies of 58,000 men and women between the ages of 40 and 79 found that those with the lowest dietary intakes of magnesium had a 51% increased risk of death from heart disease compared to those whose intakes were lower. the highest.
Mung beans significantly improve magnesium levels and help prevent damaging heart attacks and strokes.
Other studies highlight the benefits of mung beans for hypertension and lowering LDL cholesterol.
Another study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that mung beans inhibited the growth of highly aggressive liver and cervical cancer lines.
This was done by multiple mechanisms, including cytotoxicity, induction of anti-cancer cytokines, cancer cell cycle arrest, and triggering of apoptosis.
These beneficial modes of action may also be responsible for protecting mung bean against other cancers.