Grown mainly in East Asia, these special legumes are rich in beneficial nutrients
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Grown throughout East Asia, azuki beans are characterized by very interesting benefits for our health. Among these, it is possible to mention the positive repercussions on digestion and intestinal health.
For this property we must say thanks to the important content of soluble fibers and resistant starch. The former, once undigested in the colon, act as nourishment for the good intestinal bacteria, responsible for the creation of short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate.
As evidenced by a scientific study published in 2012 and conducted at the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta (USA), butyrate is effective in reducing apoptosis (planned death) of T lymphocytes and in the elimination of sources of inflammation.
We could go on and on about the reasons why azuki beans, naturally occurring in different colors but known above all for their red hue, are good for health. Other noteworthy benefits include the effectiveness of diabetes prevention.
Also in this juncture we must say thanks to the fibers, which help a lot to improve insulin sensitivity. These nutrients also help slow down the absorption of carbohydrates, preventing post-prandial glycemic peaks.
There is no denying it: these special beans are a real panacea for health. According to some scientific evidence, they would also help you lose weight. Worth mentioning is a study made public in 2015 and carried out by experts active at various Korean scientific realities (e.g. the Chonbuk National University of Jeoniou).
The scholars in question monitored the effects of azuki bean extract on body composition and on the expression of the hypothalamic neuropeptide in a sample of rats fed a high-fat diet.
At a follow-up of 8 weeks, positive effects were found regarding weight loss and related specifically to the expression of the aforementioned neuropeptide. Rich in important minerals – including the antioxidant selenium – azuki beans are also a source of folate, the intake of which is recommended both during pregnancy and when looking for a child. Before introducing them in the diet, it is advisable to ask your doctor for advice.