The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is one of the most important members of the Fabaceae family of plants found worldwide. The green bean pods are cooked as a vegetable, and some varieties are stored dry, then rehydrated before cooking. Leaves are occasionally used as a salad.
Bean pods are believed to be helpful in obesity and weight loss programs, as well as obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes mellitus type 2 and heart disease.
Bean pods are also commonly believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiparasitic, antiviral, cleansing and detoxifying, diuretic (increases urination), emollient (moisturizing), and gas-relieving properties.
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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Diabetes mellitus type 2
Currently, data on the therapeutic effect of bean pod in diabetes mellitus type 2 are lacking. Limited evidence has shown that a plant mixture containing bean pod may reduce blood sugar. More research is needed before a conclusion can be made.
There is conflicting evidence regarding the effects of bean pods on obesity or weight loss. Further well-designed studies are needed.