Bean sprouts are storehouse of essential nutrients such as Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and also other Vitamins like B1 and B6. This food is also a great source that is enriched in elements like Magnesium, Iron, calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Omega 3 fatty acids and Manganese. It is even a good source of vital enzymes that is needed by our body, for replenishing our body’s energy that keeps making us feel healthy and fit.
As sprouts contains abundant quantity of oxygen, eating bean sprout helps in increasing the blood flow in our circulatory system and also boost our immune system. It also aids in killing harmful bacteria is our body.
While some of the researches have demonstrated and argued that it’s better to eat bean sprout raw (while the fluxing agent in the food is still intact), one can also eat bean sprout pan fried or steamed.
In addition, one can consume bean sprout as a salad or even drink it as a nutritious juice.
It is recommended that sprouts from any kinds of beans such as soybeans, green beans, alfalfa, mung and lentil are equally nutritious for our wellbeing. Although mung sprout contains just 30 calories compared to lentil and soybean sprouts that contains 106 and 122 calories respectively.
However mung sprout is the only sprout that contains other important nutrients such as Vitamin K, Vitamin E and also alpha and beta carotenes and phytosterols (plant estrogens) that are most essential for our wellbeing.
Here are some of the most essential health benefits found in bean sprouts.
It has been found in several research done on bean sprouts that in the process of beans becoming sprout it converts 90 percent of the Polysaccharides chain to become simple carbohydrates that can be easily absorbed by the body. As bean sprouts contains a lot of water and fibres, consuming bean sprouts helps in cleansing our colon of its impurities. This colon cleansing activity of the sprouts helps in preventing build-up of impurities inside our intestines that prevents colon cancer and other similar carcinogenic maladies.
Prevents stroke and cardiac problems
All cardiac problems and even stroke is often caused by the increase of fat levels in our blood. Consuming bean sprouts, which contains Saponin helps in destroying bad cholesterols and restore good HDL in our body. Saponin is present in large amount in alfalfa sprouts, where the Saponin level reaches as high as 450 percent when the alfalfa grain develops into a sprout.
Natural estrogen which is also known as Phytosterol or plant-Estrogen that is found in the sprouts helps in increasing the bone density and prevent rotting of the bones in menopausal women. It has been clinically observed that consuming bean sprouts regularly help in developing superior bone structure among young men and women all across the globe.
Saponin present in the bean sprouts also helps in raising the body’s immunity. In particular it increases the activity of the T-cell lymphocytes and the interferon that aids in producing more killer cells for increasing our immunity.
The bean sprouts which are even rich in antioxidants fortifies our body from the harmful effects of free radicals that damages the DNA of our cellular tissues.
Good for our skin
Consuming bean sprouts helps in rejuvenating and softening our skin. This happens because sprouts are rich in Vitamin E which protects and replenishes our dermal cells with moisture and prevents their damage from the harmful UV damage.
In a recent study, it has been noticed that the Vitamin E-alpha present in bean sprouts may also improve fertility in men. This chemical helps in protecting sperms and egg cells from free radical attacks.
Apart from the above stated benefits consuming bean sprouts also helps in reducing the risk of Type 2 Diabetes and aids in weight loss.