Green BeansDid you know that you can cover 122 percent of the vitamin K with only one cup of green beans? This vitamin is important in maintaining the strength of the bones as it activates the Osteocalcin, the main non-collagen protein found in bones, which "welds" calcium molecules inside the bone. If there is not enough vitamin K, Osteocalcin levels will be inadequate and the process of bone mineralization will be adversely affected.
Cardiovascular protectionIn the prevention of atherosclerosis and heart disease (diabetic origin ) few foods can compare to green beans. Vitamins A and C have an antioxidant effect, help reduce the level of free radicals in the body and prevent oxidation of cholesterol: the oxidized cholesterol may deposit on blood vessels and can cause blocking of arteries or myocardial infarction. Consuming 200 grams of beans will ensure you 16.6 percent of the body's need of vitamin A and 20 percent of that of vitamin C.
In the prevention of cardiovascular disease magnesium and potassium are of great help, acting together in lowering blood pressure.
Inflammatory actionBeta-carotene and vitamin C have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and are indispensable to a healthy immune system. That's why green beans are helpful both to the diseases in which inflammation plays a major role (asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis), and in other infectious diseases: cold, flu, tonsillitis, otitis.. This vegetable is a good source of riboflavin, a substance that has been shown to reduce frequency of migraine attacks in people who suffer from it.
More EnergyLooks like Popeye the sailor man was wrong when choosing his power source: green beans contain about twice as much iron than spinach. This mineral is especially important for women who want to have children as they loss iron during menstrual bleeding. Iron is a component of the hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, but also is a key element in the process of energy making and metabolism. Pregnant and nursing women, children and teenagers need a surplus of iron. 200 g of green beans cover 10.7 percent of the daily iron needs.
Prevents colon cancerThanks to the same elements (beta-carotene and vitamin C), green beans are one of the foods that have an important role in preventing colon cancer. They protect colon cells from the damaging action of the free radicals, prevent DNA damage and mutations in the colon cell structure. Studies have shown that people consuming foods rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene and folate have a much lower risk of colon cancer.
Better memoryThiamine (vitamin B1) take part in enzymatic reactions that produce energy and plays an important role in stimulating cognitive functions. This is because thiamine is used in the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter essential for memory and whose absence was related to the appearance of senility (Alzheimer's).
Properties of green beans- Reconstructs the nervous system
- Tonic for the liver and pancreas
Indications - internal use:- Convalescence
- Bladder stones
Usage - internal use:- Salads
- Juice: green beans + carrots (for those who don't tolerate the taste)
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