Green gram (Moong dal in Hindi or Paasi payaru in Tamil) is a popular diet choice for people of all ages. It can be made into a salad, it can be made into a porridge, can be soaked and made to sprout. It can be used as a diet option as it is low in calories and high in nutrition.
Green gram provides the below health benefits:
Green gram can work as a detox and help to purify the blood stream. It can flush out toxins and can help in losing weight.
It is filled with dietary fibre, Potassium and Protein. There are also substantial amounts of Iron present in green gram. For this reason, it is extremely nutritious.
Green gram has amino acids and high amounts of polyphenols. It can, due to these properties fight free radical damage and help to prevent cancer.
When consumed in the form of sprouts, they become enriched with Riboflavin. As a result moong or Green gram helps to fight mouth ulcers, reduces hair fall, improves overall health, improves skin texture and can give lot of energy.
In addition to all the above health benefits, green gram can reduce the blood pressure levels. Green gram contains high amounts of Potassium and magnesium and advocates of DASH diet suggest an intake of such foods to lower the blood pressure levels in the body. It can also fight hypertension and is a great remedy for the condition. There are multiple research evidences that support this fact. But What is fascinating is that, Siddha medicine that evolved centuries ago in the Southern part of India advocated the use of green gram to reduce blood pressure.
The recipe shown here explains how to make a herbal drink using green gram to reduce blood pressure.
We investigated the efficacy of mung bean sprout in reducing hypertension….
….Results indicated that high doses (600 mg peptide/kg body weight) extracts significantly reduced systolic blood pressure (SBP) of the rats after administration for 6–9, 3–6 and 3–9 h, respectively…….
….Therefore, concentrated mung bean sprout juice has potential applications in the preventive management of hypertension. It might be utilized for physiologically functional food with antihypertensive activity. (WANG HSU, et al., 2011)
WANG HSU, G.-S., LU, Y.-F., HSU, S.-Y. & CHANG, S.-H., 2011. Antihypertensive Effect Of Mung Bean Sprout Extracts In Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats. Journal of Food Biochemistry, 25(1), pp. 278-288.
If you suffer from high blood pressure, headaches, or constipation, or are in need of a detox, try this soup. (Mung bean and spinach soup) Mung beans contain lot of fiber and potassium, both of which help lower blood pressure. (Curtis, et al., n.d.)
Curtis, S., Thomas, P. & Vilinac, D., n.d. Healing foods. s.l.:Penguin.
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