What are Velvet Beans? Uses and Health Benefits of Velvet Beans

Velvet Bean is a tropical legume. The plant is an annual climbing shrub reaching to a height of 15 meters. In many parts of the world, Velvet Bean is important for forage and green manure. It nourishes the soil due its property of nitrogen fixation. It is a widespread fodder plant. It is also used as a coffee substitute. It can be cooked fresh and eaten, but before cooking it needs to be soaked in water for a long time. They are effective in slowing the process of aging and useful in curing prostatitis, and also serve as a diuretic. They are rich in sterols, alkaloids and saponins. They contain high level of levodopa and help in maintaining cholesterol and blood sugar

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