Lupins contain large health benefits, and many people are still unaware. The lupine, grain and bean family, has existed for several centuries in Europe. It was very popular among the Romans and is thought to have been widespread during the expansion of the empire.
Today it is considered a snack on Mediterranean culture of countries such as Portugal, Spain and Italy.
Here are some facts regarding Lupins:
- One of the highest sources of plant proteins available (40%). That’s almost four (4) times higher than whole grain wheat;
- One of the highest sources of dietary fibre (37%);
- Easily digestible with high bio-availability of essential nutrients and minerals;
- High in essential amino acids, cholesterol free and contain negligible amounts of trypsin inhibitors (known to interfere with digestion) often found in other legumes;
- Very low in lectins and saponins (two known gastric irritants),
- the latter of which afflicts the soybean even after extensive baking and processing;
- Convenient, healthy and don’t require heat or chemical treatment.
Here are a list of the top 10 health benefits of eating Lupins:
- Great cholesterol-lowering properties
Raw lupin seeds are an extraordinary source of dietary fiber, providing 18.9 g of fiber/100 g of beans. Fiber not only favors digestion, but also prevents the absorption of fat from food at the intestinal level, indirectly contributing to lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Beneficial effect on blood vessel health
Lupin seeds contain an essential amino acid called arginine. Among other things, arginine has highly beneficial effects on the inner walls of our blood vessels, contributing to what is called endothelial function. Endothelial dysfunction is a major cause of cardiovascular disease, leading to atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, myocardial infarction and stroke.
- Improves intestinal motility and relieves constipation
With such an incredibly high fiber content, lupin beans help normalize digestion and prevent symptoms such as painful abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, bloating, gastroesophageal reflux and constipation.
- Boosts immunity
Lupin beans are a great source of zinc, a potent immunity boosting mineral that reduces the gravity of and stimulates recovery following various infections.Zinc – basically stimulates the body to heal itself. A common symptoms of zinc deficiency is represented by white spots on nails.
- Promotes bone health
Lupin seeds are rich in magnesium, a mineral that ensures the absorption of calcium in bones (not in joints of arteries) and thus contributes to maintaining bone mineral density
- Offers muscle and nerve support
Being a good source of magnesium, lupins help maintain healthy muscles, myocard (heart muscle) included. This is done by regulating the activity of nerve cells which control movement, heartbeat, mental processes, etc. in muscles.
- Excellent protein content
It is estimated that lupin beans are almost 40% protein, making them an ideal meat substitute for anyone leading either a vegetarian or a vegan lifestyle.
carbohydrate synthesis – Rich in B vitamins, notably vitamins B1 and B9, lupins help support carbohydrate synthesis, a process resulting in energy for maintaining essential body functions such as breathing.Vitamin B9 – also known as folic acid or folate, is essential during pregnancy for the prevention of spinal cord defects in newborns.
- Prevents free radical cell damage
The manganese in lupin beans is a cofactor for the superoxide dismutase enzyme, required for the prevention of free radical damage that may possibly lead to cell mutations and cancer formations.
- Is gluten-free
Last, but not least, lupin beans lack gluten, a protein Coeliac disease sufferers and gluten-intolerant (sensitive) individuals cannot digest due to their small intestine triggering a sort of immune reaction to it.
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