Cicerchia, the special legume that protects the heart and helps you lose weight

Cicerchia, the special legume that protects the heart and helps you lose weight

Rich in vitamins and high quality proteins, cicerchie are precious legumes for health and fitness

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Cicerchia, the seed of the Lathyrus sativus plant, is a legume characterized by health benefits that are worth investigating. Getting to the heart of their nutritional profile we can find, as also highlighted by the experts of the Humanitas group, the B vitamins, nutrients that play a fundamental role in terms of metabolism efficiency.

These legumes, whose cultivation in Italy is widespread above all in regions such as Tuscany, Lazio and Molise, are also characterized by the presence of various minerals that are important for health. Among these we can include iron, but also calcium, potassium, essential for heart health, and phosphorus.

Like other legumes, they are rich in fiber, a feature that makes them even more decisive when it comes to maintaining weight (fibers are in fact known for their basic role in increasing the feeling of satiety).

Their importance for health does not end there! In fact, taking them in the right quantities is appropriate if you intend to prevent hypercholesterolemia, one of the most significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

A proper mention must be devoted to vegetable proteins. Ensuring an adequate supply of proteins is crucial for physical fitness. As shown several times by science – among the various proofs in this regard it is possible to cite a study published in 2006 on the pages of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition – taking proteins can represent a valid alternative to inhibit the secretion of ghrelin, a hormone produced by cells P / D1 is associated with increased appetite.

When it comes to cicerchie, it is worth mentioning the importance of not overdoing their contribution. The reason is related to the fact that these legumes contain a neurotoxin known as Odap. Collected between the end of July and the month of August but available on the market all year round, they are considered by experts to be suitable for feeding the elderly and those who are experiencing a period of convalescence.

Today, there is no evidence of their interaction with the efficacy of drugs. We conclude by remembering that, in any case, before starting to eat them it is good to ask your doctor for advice.

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