Alternative Names: Fava Bean, Field Bean, Bell Bean or Tic Bean.
Broad beans are known more as a food than for their medicinal properties.
Rich in carbohydrates
, protein, calcium
, phosphorous and several vitamins, they are more digestible while tender. They should be soaked for a day and cooked before eating.
Why it is Recommended
The broad bean decoction can act as a diuretic
to counter water retention or obesity.
As a detoxifier/cleanser and anti-rheumatic, the broad bean decoction is good for "washing" the kidneys
and purifying blood that contains too much uric acid
. Also very useful against arthritis
Consuming broad beans helps the body to remove fat from the arteries
, lowering cholesterol
Felons (fingertip infections) and furuncles
(deep folliculitis; infection of the hair follicle) benefit from being bathed in a warm decoction of broad bean leaves until the water is cold.
Rich in choline
(part of acetylcholine
), consuming broad beans can help to maintain the memory in Alzheimer's
Broad beans can combat low sexual desire (low libido); they are an aphrodisiac
Broad beans are rich in L-dopa, a natriuretic agent which might help control hypertension
Broad beans can be useful to individuals whose pituitary gland
fails to produce of the right amount of human growth hormone.
These beans are also rich in fiber, which helps to regulate gut motility
and lower the risks of cancer and hypertension.
Generally used in the form of a decoction, consisting of either the 10gm dry flowers or 20gm fresh pods in 250ml of water. Drink as much as desired.
Broad beans should be avoided by those taking monoamine oxidase
) inhibitors due to their high tyramine
Raw broad beans contain the alkaloids vicine, isouramil and convicine, which can induce hemolytic anemia
in those with the hereditary condition G6PD. This potentially fatal condition is called "favism", derived from the name "fava bean."