7 Health Benefits Of Bean Sprouts

Last updated Sept. 29, 2017

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The bean sprout is germinated from the mung bean (Vigna radiate) and is native to the Indian subcontinent, and mainly cultivated in the Philippines, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Burma and Indonesia, Southern Europe, and the Southern United States. It typically takes one week for the sprouts to grow and are more nutritious than the original beans.

Here are 7 health benefits of bean sprouts:

1.     Bean sprouts may help treat some brain disorders.

Folate may an important function in the regulation of specific amino acids that the nervous system requires. Studies have shown that a deficient amount of dietary folate can increase the homocysteine levels, which can be a dangerous precursor to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. One cup of bean sprouts contains 16 percent of the daily recommended folate. 

2.     Bean sprouts are helpful for pregnant women and their babies.

Bean sprouts are an excellent source of B-vitamin complex like folate, also known as folic acid. Folate has shown to help in neural tube formation and red blood cell formation in prenatal babies. A deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women can lead to the birth of underweight infants and may also result in neural tube defects in newborns.

3.     Bean sprouts add nutrition without one having to gain weight.

Low calorie, nutrient-rich foods like bean sprouts are efficient weight loss diet plans. High-fiber foods also offer the metabolism and assist manage your body weight. One cup of bean sprouts contains only 31 calories and two grams of dietary fiber.

4.     Bean sprouts can help improve your digestive health.

Bean sprouts contain a good amount of fiber. The daily recommended dietary fiber intake for men and women are 38 grams and 25 grams, respectively. Dietary fiber may help prevent constipation, making one’s bowel movement more regular.

5.     Bean sprouts can help protect against injuries.

Vitamin K contributes to blood clotting during an injury. A vitamin K deficiency, though uncommon, can cause excessive bleeding. The daily requirement for vitamin K is 90 micrograms for women and 120 micrograms for men. One cup of bean sprouts contains 34.3 micrograms or 43 percent of the daily recommended vitamin K.

6.     Bean sprouts can help build strong bones.

The vitamin K found in bean sprouts acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, preventing bone loss and osteoporosis.

7.     Bean sprouts could improve the immune system.

One serving of bean sprouts possesses 23 percent of vitamin C. Vitamin C could stimulate the immune system to produce white blood cells. 

References:

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  3. Lee, J. J., Shin, H. D., Lee, Y. M., Kim, A. R., & Lee, M. Y. (2009). Effect of broccoli sprouts on cholesterol-lowering and anti-obesity effects in rats fed high fat diet. Journal of the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition38(3), 309-318.
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First uploaded: Aug. 10, 2014
Last updated: Sept. 29, 2017

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