About Lima Beans
Lima beans are rich in the mineral molybdenum, a key component of the enzyme sulfite oxidase, whose job is to detoxify sulfites. People who are allergic to sulfites sometimes experience rapid heartbeat, headache or disorientation if they ingest them. A cup of lima beans per day may prevent you from suffering these symptoms.
The high level of soluble fiber in lima beans helps absorb water in the stomach to form a gel that decreases the metabolism rate of the bean's carbohydrates, preventing blood sugar levels from rapidly spiking after a meal. The absorption-slowing protein lima beans are also so rich in contribute to this effect, making lima beans a good choice for people with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
Their high fiber content is the number one factor in the cholesterol-lowering power of beans. Fiber binds with the bile acids that are used to make cholesterol, and takes these acids with it when it exits the body.
Lima beans also contain significant amounts of folate and magnesium. Folate helps lower levels of an amino acid named homocysteine. Higher blood levels of homocysteine are linked to increased chances of heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease. The high content of magnesium found in lima beans may also contribute to a more healthy cardiovascular system.
The manganese and calcium in lima beans combine forces to maintain strong bones, and along with other trace minerals may combat osteoporosis.
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