Advertisement

8 health benefits of gavar (cluster beans) you didn't know!

Don't like to eat gavar? Read this article! I bet you will start to include this vegetable in your diet.

Like most people, I always avoided eating gavar (cluster beans). And every time my Mom made this vegetable, I calmly refused it and opted the other option (which usually was dal) unless I got to know the hidden secrets of this humble vegetable. And from then on, although I don't love this vegetable, I make it a point to eat it. So, if you also don't like to eat gavar (like I used to), here are 8 reasons that may convince you to include gavar in your diet.

#1 Good for diabetics

Cluster beans contain glyconutrients that help in controlling blood sugar levels in the body. Not many people are aware of the fact that gavar is low in glycemic index and hence, do not cause rapid fluctuations in your blood sugar levels when consumed. Although this is one vegetable you should include in your diet if suffering from diabetes, here are few more ways to control diabetes naturally.

Also Read

More News

#2 Strengthens bone health

Guar beans contain calcium, a mineral, which helps in strengthening the bones and thus, prevent bone loss. The presence of phosphorus in this vegetable aids in fortifying the bones and enhances your bone health. You may also like to read about 7 surprising foods for healthy bones.

#3 Great for heart health

Gavar exerts heart healthy effects by lowering the blood levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body. The presence of dietary fibre, potassium and folate in this vegetable prevents the heart from various cardiovascular complications. Did you know that foods can help bring down cholesterol?

#4 Helps manage blood pressure

The hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic properties of cluster beans make them the best natural aid for people suffering from hypertension. As diabetes and heart disease increase your risk of hypertension, the combined effect of these compounds plays a key role in controlling your blood pressure levels.

#5 Recommended during pregnancy

Iron and calcium present in cluster beans fills up the deficiencies of these minerals in the pregnant women. This vegetable is loaded with high levels of folic acid that prevent the fetus from numerous birth defects and also various pregnancy related health issues. Vitamin K contained in cluster beans is good for the bones and helps with better fetal development. Read about 10 diet dos and don ts during pregnancy by expert dietician

#6 Improves blood circulation

The presence of iron in gavar increases hemoglobin production, which in turn helps in proper blood supply in the body. Apart from this, gavar contains phytochemicals that stimulate oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood resulting in better blood circulation.

#7 Acts as a digestive aid

Cluster beans work as a good laxative, stimulating bowel movement and improving your digestive system. They also help in flushing the unwanted toxins from the stomach and prevent digestion-related problems. Read more about how wrong food combinations can lead to indigestion and gas

#8 Calms the brain

Hypoglycemic properties of cluster beans help in soothing the nerves. They are also found to reduce anxiety and tension and calm the person mentally. Read more about foods that can boost your immunity.

Image Source: Getty Images


For more articles on healthy food, visit our healthy foodsection. For daily free health tips, sign up for our newsletter.

References:

  • Pande, S., Platel, K., & Srinivasan, K. (2012). Antihypercholesterolaemic influence of dietary tender cluster beans (Cyamopsis tetragonoloba) in cholesterol fed rats. The Indian journal of medical research, 135(3), 401.
  • Anderson, J. W., Baird, P., Davis Jr, R. H., Ferreri, S., Knudtson, M., Koraym, A., ... & Williams, C. L. (2009). Health benefits of dietary fiber. Nutrition reviews, 67(4), 188-205.
  • Chaurasia, S., & Saxena, R. (2014). Evaluation of Total Phenol and Flavonoid Content, Antioxidant and Iron Chelation Activities of Ethanolic Extracts of Green Beans.
  • Arora, S. K., D'Mello, J. P. F., & Devendra, C. (1995). Composition of legume grains. Tropical legumes in animal nutrition., 67-93.

Total Wellness is now just a click away.

Follow us on