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This Small Little Bean Can Affect Your Life!

by Putri | 2 Oct 2019

What is Broad Bean?
Broad bean, or in other name Fava bean, scientifically known as Vicia faba, is under the pea and bean family. If you wonder about bean with nutrients rich, this is one of the right option for you. These beans are found rich in dietary fibre, protein,phosphorus, copper, manganese, and folate (Khalil, Salih, & Ali, 2018). Moreover, these beans also low in fat (Gallo et al., 2018). But, have you ever wondering that these beans provide numerous benefits toward human’s body?
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Benefits of Broad Beans:
As mentioned above, Broad beans are excellent in folate levels, which is good for pregnant women. It also contains important nutrients including Thiamine, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Copper, Selenium, Zinc, Potassium, and Magnesium.

Help to Manage Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s is associated with weakened motor performance. This caused by the lack of a chemical called L-Dopa. By consuming Broad Beans, can be an alternative to synthetic drugs as it helps to bringing back the L-Dopa in the blood and relieves the symptoms (Sarrafchi, 2016).

Sweep Away Your Depression
When consuming Broad Beans, the level of L-Dopa will increase. As it does, the body can convert the chemical into another hormone which is related with good mood. Therefore, have our Broad Beans if you don’t want to end up in the black hole alone!

Roles in Pregnancy
The folate content in the Broad Beans has a big contribution in pregnancy. As to be known that folate is a must in the pregnant woman‘s diet. The folate itself can help to prevent birth defects, such as spina bifida (incomplete development of spinal cord), anencephaly (incomplete development of the brain), miscarriage, and premature birth (Food Standards Australia New Zealand, 2016).

Help to Lose Weight
Broad Beans that contain fibre and protein in high amount may aid to lose your weight!! But, How?! Well, diet rich in high protein and fibre leads to weight loss (Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group, 2017).

Prevent Osteoporosis
To prevent osteoporosis, the most common thing that we know is to have enough intake of calcium. However, do you know that inadequate intake of magnesium also can cause osteoporosis? Yes. Lack of magnesium cause the bone fragility and development of osteoporosis (He et al., 2016). It also helps to cover the calcium inadequacy and may prevent arthritis (joints disorder).

Boosting Your Immunity
Well, immunity is used to link with white blood cells, which is used to fight away the pathogens and free radicals in your body. The copper in broad beans help to maintain white blood cells to be healthy. So, eat Broad Beans to have strong soldier of your white blood cells!

Things You MUST KNOW Before Consuming Broad Beans!!

However, there are some notes you must know and consider before you consume this bean. If you suffer under Favism, an inherited disease due to Dehydrogenase Enzyme Deficiency (Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency) which gives reaction like anallergic if consume this bean (United States National Library of Medicine, 2019). Furthermore, it can develop to Haemolytic Anaemia which is a sudden and rapid breakdown of their red blood cells.

In a nutshell, it does not mean that by consuming broad beans cause you developing the diseases stated above. These are just some cautions for people who are having these diseases. Kindly consult with your doctor whether you are suitable to consume broad beans.

So, are you ready to enjoy some broad beans as your snack? Come & check on Signature Market's Roasted Broad Bean Products by clicking the links below!
Roasted Broad Bean - Original
Roasted Broad Bean - Cheese
Roasted Broad Bean - Wasabi

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. (2017). A High-Carbohydrate, High-Fiber, Low-Fat Diet Results in Weight Loss among Adults at High Risk of Type 2 Diabetes. The Journal of Nutrition, 147(11). Food Standards Australia New Zealand. (2016). Folic Acid/Folate and Pregnancy.

Gallo et al., (2018). No red blood cell damage and no hemolysis in G6PD-deficient subjects after ingestion of low vicine/convicine Vicia faba seeds. Blood Journal, 131(14).

He, L. Y., Zhang, X. M., Liu, B., Tian, Y., Ma, W. H. (2016). Effect of magnesium ion on human osteoblast activity. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 49(7).

Khalil, M. I., Salih, M. A. M., & Ali, A. A. M. (2018). Extract of Vicia faba beans.

Sarrafchi, A., Bahmani, M., Shirzad, H., & Kopaei, M. R. (2016). Oxidative Stress and Parkinsonís Disease: New Hopes in Treatment with Herbal Antioxidants. Bentham Science Publishers, 22(00).

United States National Library of Medicine (2019). Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase Deficiency.

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