Green grams or Ndengu in Swahili is high in fiber, antioxidants and nutrient content. Also known as mung beans, their popularity varies in different parts of the world. They are a cherished food in India since ancient times and were even a form of medicine here centuries ago. They are also popular in China, South Asia, parts of Southern America and Africa as well as USA. They have the following health benefits:
Fights Obesity and Helps with Weight Loss
The satisfaction rate after eating Ndengu is very high because they contain high levels of fiber and protein. Therefore, regularly eating mung beans can boost weight loss by helping with reducing food intake because one doesn’t have to feel too hungry whenever they cut back on calories. This is because the fiber in food fills you up and makes you feel satisfied.
Contains Antioxidants That Fight Cancer
Ndengu has antioxidant power that comes from their high levels of amino acids. In clinical studies, they show anti-tumor activity and are able to protect DNA damage and dangerous cell mutation. Protease inhibitors contained in Ndengu slow the replication of some cancer cells by blocking and preventing formation of tumor cells.
Ndengu Can Help Decrease PMS Symptoms
Since their nutrition provides vitamins B, B6 and folate, which control hormone fluctuations leading to Pre Menstrual Syndrome symptoms. The mung beans are also useful in lowering the mood swings, fatigue, headaches, cramps and other pains associated with PMS.
Lowers Blood Pressure
A potassium-rich diet helps lower blood pressure by blocking the effects of sodium. Ndengu have the ability to fight high blood pressure due to their anti-hypertensive effects owing to high concentration of protein fragments known as peptides which help to decrease constricting of blood vessels that raises blood pressure.
Lean Source of Protein and Iron
Ndengu is an alternative source of protein besides meat, poultry and eggs. Mung beans combined with whole grains or vegetables can make a complete protein meal because it’s also rich in other essential amino acids, including leucine, isoleucine and valine. Green gram is a source of iron and when combined with a vitamin C-rich food, such as peppers, it helps with iron absorption.
Protects Against Infections, Viruses and Boosts Immunity
Mung beans nutrition contains a range of phytonutrients that are considered anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory, helping them to increase immunity and fight harmful bacteria, viruses, colds, rashes, irritations and more. Mung beans promote a healthy balance of bacteria within the digestive tract, which helps with nutrient absorption and immune defense.
Due to their high fiber content, Ndengu are easy to digest. This is unlike the experience of gas or bloating that comes from eating beans. They help detoxify the body.