Obesity leads to diabetes, heart problems, and kidney failure. Additionally, being overweight means you will have less energy and vitality to enjoy living life to the fullest. Research has shown, however, that when accompanied with a healthy exercise regime, white kidney bean extract (Phaseolus vulgaris) can greatly help your body break down carbohydrates or starches, leading to weight loss. This process is called amylase inhibition.
Early trials were only conducted on animals, but in recent studies involving human participants, amylase inhibitors like white kidney bean extract were found to decrease intestinal absorption of carbohydrates. In laboratory rats:
“A partially purified amylase inhibitor given with a single meal causes maldigestion of carbohydrate, increases delivery of carbohydrate to the ileum, and reduces postprandial plasma glucose.”
This means that those who suffer from spikes in their glucose levels due to eating a diet high in simple carbohydrates might sustain relief from this glucose instability by consuming white kidney bean extract. It is a known fact that the more stable our blood sugar levels remain, the less likely we are to crave more sweet and carbohydrate rich foods as well, so while reducing our consumption of these foods form the start is ideal, it isn’t always easy for those who currently have metabolic syndrome or consistently unstable blood glucose.
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Aside form this, white kidney beans are one of the world’s healthiest foods. They contain high levels of healthy fiber which can make you feel full longer, and also reduce cravings. Many beans, including white kidney beans, are also anti-cancerous and contain free-radical fighting antioxidants. What’s more, they can help to quell an irritable bowel and keep the heart healthy with high levels of folate or folic acid – Vitamin B9.
For those looking for some extra help when trying to lose weight, the extract from white kidney beans can be helpful, but as with all supplements, gaining your nutrition straight from the source and eating the beans themselves is most ideal.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.