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Benefits of Beans And Its Side Effects

Beans help to reduce risks of heart disease and colon cancer and even regulates diabetes. They also strengthen your immunity by helping to remove the free radicals within your body. They also keep your eyes and bones healthy and improve your digestive system. They are also found to reduce birth defects.

Benefits of Beans And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Beans
Nutritional Value of Beans
Health Benefits of Beans
Beans are healthy for the heart
Beans help to fight cancer
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Helps boost body immunity
Helps prevent constipation
Takes care of your eyes
Provides you with many essential nutrients
Beans help you to lose weight
Helps to fight diabetes
Improves bone health
Helps in pre-natal care
Uses of Beans
Side-Effects & Allergies of Beans
Cultivation of Beans

Beans

Green beans are members of the common bean family, Phaseolus vulgaris and are popular all over the world. However, there are known by different names like French beans, string beans, fine beans and others in different parts of the world. They may differ in shape and in size. Green beans can be cultivated in varied climates and so is popular in many parts of the world. It is thus recognized as a ‘versatile’ vegetable. There are about 150 varieties of green beans and despite some variations in their appearance, their nutritional and health benefits are more or less the same.

Nutritional Value of Beans

There is no doubt that beans have high nutritional content and that regular consumption of vegetables including beans will surely keep you healthy and strong. Being low in calories and fat and having almost no cholesterol, beans can be consumed regularly. It has high fiber content and also provides you with essential proteins. They also provide you with a supply of vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, K, B6 and folic acid. Furthermore, beans also furnish essential minerals that are good for your body like calcium, silicon, iron, manganese, potassium and copper.

Health Benefits of Beans

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Beans
Health Benefits of Beans

Beans are healthy for the heart

Beans contain abundant amounts of soluble fiber that helps lower the levels of triglyceride and cholesterol and keeps your heart healthy and strong. Green beans contain high quantities of flavonoid which are actually polyphenolic antioxidants. Flavonoid has anti-inflammatory properties and thus helps prevent blood clots in the arteries and veins. Risks of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases are thus substantially reduced.

Beans help to fight cancer

Various cancer fighting chemicals such as isoflavones and phytosterols are found in beans. These chemicals help to prevent certain types of cancer. 3 cups of beans per week are recommended by scientists to prevent the onset of chronic diseases.

Helps reduce cholesterol levels

Beans contain soluble fibre which helps to control the cholesterol levels in blood. Moreover saponins and phytosterols present in beans also help to control cholesterol. Beans themselves contain almost no cholesterol and, hence, are beneficial for you.

Helps boost body immunity

Beans contain a variety of anti-oxidants that help to strengthen immunity of the body. These anti-oxidants are compounds that seek out the free radicals that may cause harm to our body and destroy them. They are a good source of flavonoids and carotenoids which contain a number of anti-oxidants.

Helps prevent constipation

Beans are a rich source o fiber and helps in regularizing your bowel movements. Bid adieu to irregular bowel movements by including beans in your daily diet. If you are going for a high-fiber diet, make sure that you are taking lots of fluids.

Takes care of your eyes

Green beans contain specific carotenoids that help prevent macular degeneration which is decrease in vision and eye function. Caretonoids like Lutein and Zeaxanthin help to prevent any stress on the inner workings of your eyes. Thus, it is good to include green beans in your diet to keep your eyes healthy and in the best working condition.

Provides you with many essential nutrients

If you are willing to shift to a wholesome dietary plan, you can include beans in your diet and enjoy all its benefits. Not only proteins, complex carbs and fiber, beans are also a rich source of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals like potassium, iron, copper, folate, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. These minerals are essential for the proper functioning of your body.

Beans help you to lose weight

A serving of beans fills you up quickly as it is rich in fibers. It causes blood pressure to rise slowly and provides you with a steady supply of energy. So instead of going for food rich in calories and fats, you can opt for a bowl of wholesome beans that will stave off your hunger for a longer period of time.

Helps to fight diabetes

Beans are essential for a person suffering from diabetes. Beans contain a balance of complex carbohydrates and protein which ensures that you get a slow and steady source of glucose. This is better than receiving a sudden surge of glucose after eating simple carbohydrates.

Improves bone health

Green beans contain variety of nutrients including calcium which is instrumental in preventing deterioration of bones and osteoporosis. Deficiencies of Vitamin A, Vitamin K and silicon can lead to weaker bones and also result in bone loss. Green beans contain silicon which is an essential element for healthy bones.

Helps in pre-natal care

Folic acid, found in green beans, helps to regulate a number of internal processes. But most importantly, it helps to protect infants in the womb. Folic acid levels in the body of a pregnant woman are essential for the proper development of the foetus. Thus green beans help to keep folic acid levels high and ensure that the baby born is healthy.

Uses of Beans

Beans contain a wide range of nutrients including anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that help us to have a healthy body and lead a healthy life. It strengthens the immune system and prevents the onset of many diseases. It helps to manage diabetes and also ensures that you possess a happy and healthy heart. It prevents bone deterioration and osteoporosis and also reduces the chances of colon cancer. Moreover, beans are the least expensive source of protein and are easily available. Beans are versatile in the sense that they can be incorporated in the main dish, side dish, appetizer or can even be consumed as snack.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Beans

Beans do not generally possess any serious health risks. But dried beans, lentils and peas can cause an embarrassing flatulence problem. Phytic acid present in green beans can cause nutrient deficiencies in your body as it binds with calcium, zinc and other minerals and do not allow them to be absorbed by the body. Lectins, although present in small quantities in beans can cause the proteins to bind up the intestinal system and this may cause digestive problems. People can also be allergic to beans.

Cultivation of Beans

Beans were an important source of protein throughout history and are still consumed almost all over the world. The oldest known domesticated beans can be dated back to the 2nd millennium BCE and were found in Guitarrero cave in Peru in the Americas.

Beans are a summer crop that needs warm temperatures to grow. It normally requires 55-60 days to mature from the day of planting. As a vine, bean plants need external support and which may be provided in the form of special cages or poles. Beans are a heliotrophic plant which implies that the leaves tilt towards the sun throughout the day.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am facing the problem of gases I am drinking huge water but still I am facing trouble Medicine I take is pantop can you help me.

MBBS
General Physician, Mumbai
Dear Lybrateuser, - Along with medicine you have to follow some dietary precautions for your problem: - chew your food well, do not skip meals, have meals on time, do not lye down for about an hour after a meal, have dinner 2-3 hrs before bedtime, raise your pillow end by 4-6 inches while sleeping at night - take tablet Pantop, half an hour before breakfast daily morning - do not overload your system with water, have 1-2 litres per day as per the climatic condition & your degree of activity - avoid more than 1-2 cups of tea/ coffee per day, avoid citrus fruits, beans, pulses, dairy products, fried & spicy foods, alcohol, smoke (if you do) till the symptoms improve - do regular exercise like walking, jogging for 20-30 min, also do yoga for proper digestion & to keep fit.
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Hello doctor im 24 years female from bangalore im going through huge number of hair loss daily kindly suggest me what should I do further to resolve this issue. Thank you.

MD Hom., Certificate in Food and Nutrition, BHMS, Diploma In Yoga, PGDM
Homeopath, Indore
Hair tips for better hair growth 1. Having a healthy diet - Having a diet which is full of protein, vitamins and minerals is an important aid towards having healthier hair growth. Consume food which is high in vitamin A, B, C and E. Vitamin B-complex is another very effective vitamin for promoting hair growth. For the minerals, try and consume iron, copper, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Walnuts, beans, flax seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids which are great for hair growth You could also have some juices of fruits and veggies, like orange, grapefruit or carrot, lettuce and beet 2. Castor oil has a high content of vitamin E and essential fatty acids, like omega 9. This is why it is an essential ingredient which helps to promote hair growth. Castor oil is too thick to be applied directly, which is why you must dilute it with oil like coconut, almond or olive. Massage your hair with the oil mix and leave it on for 30-45 minutes. You could also slightly get it heated. Shampoo your hair and condition as regular. 3. Regular scalp massage - When you massage your scalp, it promotes blood circulation which in turn stimulates our hair follicles. Along with that, deep condition the hair once a week with warm oil treatment or a deep conditioning hair mask. 4. Staying stress-less - Stress is one of the worst factors which contribute to hair loss. Stress disrupts the regular hair cycle and boosts strands of hair to fall out of place. You need to calm your senses and promote lesser stress! For handling stress, try and mediate, do breathing exercises or practice other relaxation techniques 5. Egg masks - Egg is an important ingredient from promoting better hair growth. They are full of protein and are added on with minerals like iron, sulfur, selenium, zinc, etc. Use an egg mask once or twice a month for promoting healthy hair and improved growth 6. Vitamin and herbal supplements - Supplements of folic acid, biotin, flaxseed oil, are some common elements for hair growth. Supplements of folic acid and biotin will have Vitamin B complex which aids to better hair growth. 7. Nourish hair with aloe vera - Aloe vera improves hair growth and protects from hair loss. You also reduce dandruff and restore the natural shine. Take fresh aloe vera gel and add some lemon juice to it Apply and let it soak for 20 minutes Shampoo the hair and repeat once a week 8. Be hydrated, have proper sleep, do oil your scalp twice a week for more queries, contact us.
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I am having a very poor sperm count some times no sperm come when I masturbate what should I do help.

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Hi..have eggs , spinach, bananas; dark chocolate; asparagus; broccoli ; pomegranate; walnuts ; garlic , Foods rich in zinc include barley, red meat, beans, etc. Zinc plays a vital role in sperm development. Homeopathic medicines helps in improving the spermcount and is also beneficial in raising the quality of semen it improves the blood supply to the glands producing male hormones..
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Hi, my age 27, married last year, recently I took thyroid test result is tsh 7.64.she suggested thyronorm 12.5. I could you please suggest me the diet plan and how frequent I took thyroid test. Is this thyroid will effect the conception?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. Usually at TSH level of 7.64 mU/L no treatment is advised, unless one has any of those troublesome symptoms of hypothyroidism. If one is on treatment then TSH should be maintained around 3 to 4 mU/L. There is no specific diet for hypothyroidism. Only thing is you should avoid soy beans and soy containing products. Consume more of green leafy vegetables, salads and fruits. Always use whole grain flour for chapati and roti. Avoid foods made of maida and bakery items. Thanks.
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Popular Health Tips

Antioxidants for Healthy Penis Skin

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Antioxidants for Healthy Penis Skin

Because many men think of their penis primarily in terms of its usefulness in sexual activities, they don't always remember that good penis health means more than taking steps to ensure a solid working erection. But in fact, there are many different aspects of penis health, including taking steps to ensure healthy penis skin, both for practical and aesthetic reasons. Part of keeping penis skin healthy involves incorporating antioxidants into the penis care routine.

What are antioxidants?

On a technical level, an antioxidant is a molecule that helps keep other molecules from getting oxidized. Oxidation, in turn, is a chemical process that creates something called free radicals, which then can cause damage to cells, such as skin cells. They can also contribute to heart disease, cancer and other health conditions. However, not all free radicals are bad, and a certain amount of them are useful. For example, oxidation is important in helping the liver detoxify food and the body to help fight certain bacteria.

On a more-than-molecular level, antioxidants refers to those vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have an ability to keep those free radicals (and the damage they do) at bay.

How do antioxidants help skin?

Many skin care products are rich in antioxidants, because keeping oxidative stress from damaging skin cells helps ensure the health of skin. There are many things that can damage the skin, both on the surface and on a more molecular level. The stronger the skin is on the molecular level, the better it is able to withstand attacks on the surface level.

How does a person get antioxidants?

The body itself makes some antioxidants and depends upon a healthy diet to help supplement those amounts. Some foods are richer sources of antioxidants than others. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the following are some foods particularly high in antioxidants:

- Goji berries

- Wild blueberries

- Dark chocolate

- Pecans

- Artichokes

- Elderberries

- Kidney beans

- Cranberries

- Blackberries

- Cilantro

And these are some of the herbs that are very good sources of antioxidants:

- Clove

- Cinnamon

- Oregano

- Turmeric

- Cocoa

- Cumin

- Dried parsley

- Basil

- Ginger

- Thyme

As mentioned earlier, many skin care products are also good sources of antioxidants. This can be especially important because skin that is damaged by free radicals can be vulnerable - and unattractive as well.

Free radical damage is one of the things that leads to skin looking prematurely aged. It can contribute to drying out and to the cracks, wrinkles and blemishes that can mar otherwise attractive skin.

This is as true of penis skin as it is of skin elsewhere on the body. Penis skin is naturally delicate, so that the organ is more readily receptive to friction and stimulation. This can also make it more susceptible to cracking and wrinkling. When cracks appear on the penis skin, they can also open up a pathway for bacteria to get inside, creating further penis health concerns.

For this reason, penis skin needs to be exposed to a healthy level of antioxidants. One way to help achieve this is through the daily application of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Clearly, for it to be effective, the crème must include antioxidants. This can more readily be achieved if the crème contains vitamins A and C, as well as alpha lipoic acid. All three of these have antioxidant capabilities. Vitamin A has the added bonus of fighting bacteria that cause penis odor, while vitamin C also helps give penis skin its necessary tone and elasticity. Alpha lipoic acid has strong antioxidant properties on its own and also helps boost those of vitamin C.

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Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

FISN, FISPD, MD - General Medicine, MBBS, DM
Nephrologist, Delhi
Dialysis - What To Eat & What To Avoid?

A dialysis diet is a special diet that is customized for patients who are or will be starting dialysis within a short period of time. Such a diet is prepared to reduce the waste and fluid levels that keep on accumulating between the dialysis sessions so that the patient remains healthy for the process to be carried out seamlessly.

What can you eat?
Eat foods which are rich in high-quality proteins (poultry, fish, lean meat and egg whites).

What can’t you eat?
Eat less of foods which are rich in sodium and phosphorus.

Foods high in Sodium
1. Use minimum salt in preparing the dishes; this helps control BP and probable weight gain that might happen between the dialysis sessions.
2. Make use of spices, herbs and other salt-flavored enhancers.

Meat
1. Patients on dialysis need to include more of high-quality protein foods in their diet. This will help regulate blood protein levels. Eat about 10 ounces of foods rich in high-quality protein every day.
2. 1 egg, ¼ cup of ricotta cheese, ¼ cup of tuna.

Salads/Vegetables

  1. The potassium content of vegetables can be alarming for a patient on dialysis. Eat 3 servings of vegetables that are low in potassium every day. These include broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, garlic, cucumber, eggplant, celery, radishes, etc.
  2. Avoid vegetables such as beets, potatoes (in any form- wafers or wedges), winter squash, cooked spinach, pumpkin, asparagus and avocado.

Note:

  1. Although seeds, nuts, peanut butter, lentils, dried beans and peas are rich in protein, they are generally struck off from the diet plan because of their high phosphorus and potassium content.
  2. You can have moderate amounts of grains, bread and cereals.
  3. Try and not have brown bread and other whole grains as they are loaded with phosphorus.
  4. Usually, 5-10 servings of these are considered sufficient for patients on dialysis.
  5. Also, limit intake of milk and other dairy products.
  6. ½ cup yoghurt or ½ a cup of milk is considered safe. Also, remember that all varieties of milk- skim, whole and low fat, have the same amount of phosphorus.
  7. All fruits contain some amount of potassium. However, some of them contain more potassium than the others. Limit your intake of fruit juices.
  8. Avoid or limit fruits like: 
  9. Orange juice and oranges
    • Kiwis
    • Prune juice and prunes
    • Dried fruit and raisins
    • Melons
    • Bananas

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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5 Things to Keep in Mind After Fractures

MD - GENERAL PHYSICIAN
Internal Medicine Specialist, Bangalore
5 Things to Keep in Mind After Fractures

When you get a fracture, a lot of pain and a lot of suffering is all you can imagine. But you have to take care of these 5 things to get a good healing in place.

1. Give it some rest. A lot of rest. Give yourself a break from all the household chores, from your work life and take a nice month off. Sleep well and just let your body experience healing holistically. 

2. Apply ice immediately if you suspect an injury. As soon as you sustain an injury and you think it could be a fracture, apply cold pack. This limits the inflammation around the bone and allows skin and structures to permit healing process. Also it prevents nerve compression damage.

3. Avoid weight bearing or any pressure on the broken bone. This is a non-negotiable part of healing that your bone doctor will also advice you surely. This will only increase swelling and hamper the development process. So take care to avoid any stress to your injured part and body.

4. Eat healthy foods rich in calcium. The bones need calcium and vitamin D to aid in the repair process. Using up all the calcium and vitamin D stored up, makes the body's stores depleted. Hence make sure to check your Calcium & Vitamin D levels to make sure that wasn't the cause of the fraccture in the first place. A few examples of calcium rich foods are eggs, milk and milk products, lentils and beans, legumes like spinach and salads. Include a good amount of Vitamin C also such as in citrus fruits. 

5. Take your pills. If your orthopedic has prescribed pills to you for the fracture, you should take them. Very often I have seen patients avoiding pain killers to make the side effects less, but what it does is only harm. You should know that pain killers or NSAIDs(non-steroidal anti-inflammatroy drugs) that are most commonly prescribed after fractures are to reduce your inflammatory response. This means that the pills help your body fight off too much bleeding and allow a fast recovery, so don't shy away from them.

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PCOD - What Diet Must You Follow?

Master of Science (Diabetics & Food Services Management)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Bangalore
PCOD - What Diet Must You Follow?

A rising number of teenage girls in the country are getting affected with Poly Cystic Ovarian Disease or PCOD. Though an advanced menarche has become very rampant these days, there are many young women who are suffering from a delay in menarche which in turn is leading to PCOD as opined by gynaecologists. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle among young people have caused a rapid doubling of PCOD cases in the past five to eight years.

Occurrence and Symptoms:

Gynaecologists report that they get at least 15 fresh instances of PCOD cases, and a considerable number of teenagers aged 16-17 are not getting their menarche. Such patients are recommended to take a strictly balanced diet which will help them to lose weight. Initially, their mothers think that they would experience their menarche in proper time, but some girls are diagnosed with PCOD when taken to a family gynaecologist. Even worse, they could never imagine that their obesity can pave the way for such a grave health issue. PCOD can cause numerous other problems like delayed and irregular menses, rapid weight gain and tremendous difficulty in losing weight, developing acne and blocked skin pores.

Furthermore, it leads to thinning of hair and excessive growth of hair on chest, back and face. Infertility, continual miscarriage, high blood pressure and high blood sugar are also common with PCOD.

Help yourself with the right diet:

There is no proven evidence regarding the cause of PCOD though gynaecologists are of the opinion that some females possess a predisposition to this disease, and it may run hereditarily in the family. You can alleviate your PCOD symptoms to a considerable extent by regulating your diet properly.

Have loads of fruits and green leafy vegetables and try to abstain from dairy products as many experts believe that dairy products are a direct cause of an increase in insulin levels, which can aggravate skin troubles along with other PCOD symptoms. Avoiding red meat and eating lean meat instead will help the condition and reduce the chances of infertility. It is always recommended to avoid hydrogenated and saturated fats, which are normally found in animal and dairy-based food. Try to put a stop to cheese, cottage cheese, clarified butter, pork, lamb, beef, etc. and certain baked products like cookies, cakes and fudges as they will trigger a rise in your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

The following dietary tips can be helpful with the condition:

  • High levels of the insulin hormone causes PCOS symptoms like high blood sugar, increased hair growth, weight gain etc. So, refined foods rich in fat and carbohydrates should be consumed in small amounts.
  • Whole foods in their natural, uncooked form should be consumed fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans etc. These are low glycemic foods that reduce the glucose circulation by insulin.
  • Green vegetables have antioxidants. These are good for women with PCOS because they have a high amount of oxidative stress.
  • Your daily diet should contain at least 30 grams of fiber to improve the digestion process and remove toxins.
  • Soy products should also be avoided, especially if you are trying to conceive, because they interfere with the ovulation cycle.
  • Processed fat is harmful but essential fatty acids found in avocado, fish, olive oil and nuts are important for the body.
  • High levels of male hormones also cause high cholesterol. So foods which have high saturated fats like butter, cream, coconut oil and fatty meat should not be included in the regular diet of women with PCOS.
  • Protein-rich foods like lean meat, fish, legumes, whole grains are beneficial as protein can stabilize blood sugar. These foods also keep you feeling full and prevent over-eating.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Obesity In Children - Ways To Prevent It!

Fellowship in Neonatology, MRCPCH(UK), Diploma in Child Health (DCH), MBBS
Pediatrician, Delhi
Obesity In Children - Ways To Prevent It!

Research shows that overweight children have a higher chances of developing chronic health problems such as hypertension, asthma, high cholesterol, and even cancer as they grow up. Apart from these health conditions, being obese can cause severe self-esteem problems as well. In short, obesity in children, more specifically childhood obesity, can affect the overall physical, mental and emotional health of your child.

Here are 5 easy ways to prevent your child from falling into the perils of obesity.

1. Develop healthy eating habits in your child
Encouraging your little ones to develop healthy eating habits is vital for maintaining optimum body weight. Instead of high sugar and high fat foods, a child’s diet should consist of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain foods (such as oats, quinoa and wheat). Proteins such as lean meats, lentils, beans and fish should be included in his/her eating plan as well. Most importantly, serving food in the right portion sizes will ensure your child is getting the right amount of nutrients, while preventing him/her from consuming empty calories. Inculcate these eating habits in them right from the time they are toddlers so that it stays with them as they get older.

2. Make your child avoid calorie-rich foods
Getting your child to avoid fatty, sugary and salty foods can also prevent him from tipping over the weighing scale. Present before your child low sugar and low fat alternatives that he/she would enjoy eating such as apples, bananas, carrots, etc.

3. Encourage your child to pursue physical activity
Try to encourage your child to engage in some form of physical activity for about 60 minutes every day. From brisk walking, swimming, dancing to skipping - your child could opt for any of these physical activities. Having your child lead an active life can see him/her enjoying a number of health benefits like respite from stress, strengthening of his/her bones and muscles and decrease in blood pressure, to name a few.

4. Put a limit on your child’s TV time
When it comes to the time that your child may spend before the TV, computer or other gizmos, it should be not more than half-an-hour per day. Instead, devise fun activities wherein your child as well other members of the family can take part in or ones in which your child does not need a company.

5. Ensure your child gets enough sleep
Lastly, a good night’s rest that lasts about 9-12 hours is vital for optimal weight maintenance. Studies reveal that children who slept for less than the required number of hours were more at risk of being obese. This is because less sleep causes fatigue, leading to a decrease in physical activity and therefore, use of energy. Hence, young kids need up to 8 to 10 hrs sleep but older kids need 6 to 8 hours sleep.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Beans
Nutritional Value of Beans
Health Benefits of Beans
Beans are healthy for the heart
Beans help to fight cancer
Helps reduce cholesterol levels
Helps boost body immunity
Helps prevent constipation
Takes care of your eyes
Provides you with many essential nutrients
Beans help you to lose weight
Helps to fight diabetes
Improves bone health
Helps in pre-natal care
Uses of Beans
Side-Effects & Allergies of Beans
Cultivation of Beans