AKA: White Bean, Caraota, Feijao, French bean, Common bean, Kidney bean, Haricot bean, Field bean, Snap bean, String bean, Frijol, Wax bean, Black Bean
A starch blocker that may neutralize up to 66 % of the starch consumed in a meal.
Beans are said to be used for acne,bladder, burns, cardiac, carminative, depurative, diabetes, diarrhea, diuretic, dropsy, dysentery, eczema, emolient, hiccups, itch, kidney, resolvent, rheumatism, sciatica, and tenesmus.
Amylase inhibitors can be extracted from the bean. Amylase inhibitors also known as starch blockers because they contain substances that prevent dietary starches from being absorbed by the body. Starches are complex carbohydrates that cannot be absorbed unless they are first broken down by the digestive enzyme amylase and other, secondary, enzymes. They are claimed to be useful for weight loss, but when they were first developed years ago, research did not find them very effective for limiting carbohydrate absorption.3 4 5 6 Later, however, highly concentrated versions of amylase inhibitors did show potential for reducing carbohydrate absorption in humans.
Purified starch blocker extracts, when given with a starchy meal, have also been shown to reduce the subsequent rise in blood sugar levels of both healthy people and diabetics. This could be helpful in the treatment of blood sugar disorders.
Moreno, J. and Chrispeels, M.J. (1989) A lectin gene encodes the a a-amylase inhibitor of the common bean. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 86, 7885-7889
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