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Lentils Health Benefits

Low in calories and high in nutrition, lentils are the perfect legume to eat in the summer in salads, spreads, for crudités and crackers, and as an item on a vegetarian dinner plate. Nutty and earthy in flavour, lentils have a high nutritional value that anyone can benefit from by incorporating this healthy legume into their diet.

 

They are a member of the legume family and are related to beans, chickpeas, soy and peanuts.

 

Insoluble dietary fiber found in lentils helps prevent constipation and other digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis. Lentils increase steady, slow-burning energy due its fiber and complex carbohydrates.

 

Lentils are also a good source of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism.

 

Most vegetables are associated with reduced risk of site specific cancers. Green vegetables (including some salad vegetables), beetroot, cauliflower, asparagus, dried peas, beans and lentils are a good source of folate.

 

Cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and bok choy) are believed to have compounds which provide protection against some cancers.

 

Lentils are exceptionally high in folic acid, which can help prevent certain birth defects and may prevent heart disease, dementia, and bone fractures in people with osteoporosis. Lentils are an important source of iron for vegetarians, serving as protection against anaemia.

 

They also are a good source of magnesium, which plays a role in relaxing the smooth muscles that line the inside of your arteries. This helps lower blood pressure and allows blood to flow more freely.

 

The magnesium in lentils is not only good for the heart, but is wonderful for the nervous system. Magnesium is known as the relaxing mineral and is nature’s calcium channel blocker.

 

Magnesium relaxes veins and arteries which improves the flow of oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body.

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