Web Stories – 9 Potential Health Benefits of Velvet Bean

Mehak Shah

February 14, 2022

Velvet beans are legumes that have deep purple bean pods. Their plants are long climbing wines and have purplish flowers with hairy pods. They are native to southern China and eastern India. However, now they are widespread with cultivations in Australia and South America. Velvet bean plants have a short lifespan. People mainly use them as medicinal and cover and food crops. In addition, people use them as organic manure and grazing. 

The scientific term for Velvet bean is Mucuna Prurien. Having spread across the globe, they are known by different names. Cowhage, Kiwanch, and Cowich are a few of them. Ancient Ayurveda uses velvet beans as a medicine that helps treat anxiety, depression, dysentery, snake bites and infertility. Furthermore, velvet bean extracts also help treat cough, diabetes and cancer.

About the Author

Mehak holds masters in foods and nutrition from Amity university, Noida. She has a keen interest in public health and nutrition and has been in charge of various projects with milestone NGO. She has worked with people over the globe to bring out the changes in their lives and has always been working towards lifestyle modifications via good dietary practices. According to her a healthy lifestyle is not about the destination but all about the journey.

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