Winter is the best time to nourish as our body is designed to absorb the rich and nutritional foods during cold season of the year. In TCM, when kidney is highly active, black beans are thought to tonify the Kidney Qi and nourish Yin and Blood. The Qi, or energy, of the Kidney system is essence for vitality, longevity, and reproductive health. In naturopathic medicine, kidney health is closely associated with the adrenal glands, the organs responsible for handling stress well, maintaining healthy blood pressure, and giving us energy.
Black beans contain iron, magnesium, copper manganese and vitamin k which are important for healthy bone growth.
Black beans may help treat lower back pain, knee pain, infertility, seminal emissions, blurry visions, ear problems, and also to promote diuresis, according to Dr. Mao. Not only that, black beans are an excellent source of protein, folate, iron and fiber—all key nutrients.
Black beans are rich in antioxidants, which can protect the cells in your body, help to protect your eyes, and reduce your risk of conditions like heart disease and cancer.
Another Reason To Love Black Beans! Its level of antioxidants found in black beans is approximately ten times the amount in an equivalent amount of oranges and comparable to that found in an equivalent amount of grapes or cranberries.
Adding beans to a healthy diet can improve blood sugar control while reducing heart disease risk. Studies show that eating beans can lower the total amount of cholesterol and levels of “bad” cholesterol in your blood. This may reduce your risk of developing heart disease. One study showed that eating a single serving of dried beans per day can reduce the risk of heart attack by up to 38%.
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