mung beans

Studies have not established the effect of mung beans on breast cancer

Mung beans, also known as moong beans, are the seeds of the legume Vigna radiata (or Phaseolus radiatus, Phaseolus aureus, or Phaseolus mungo - all are names for the same plant). Mung beans are a dietary source of vitamin C, several B vitamins, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. Mung beans have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, topical anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, hepatoprotective, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, diuretic, and hypoglycemic actions, as well as improving cholesterol levels. The flavonoids vitexin and isovitexin are believed to be responsible for some of the antioxidant and topical anti-inflammatory properties of mung beans. The protease inhibitor mungoin has been shown to be responsible for some of the antifungal and antibacterial activities of mung beans.

Cancer-related effects of eating mung beans

In one study of 66 plants and vegetables commonly consumed in Japan, boiled extracts of beans, including mung beans, were among the food groups found to have the greatest anti-tumor-promotion and radical-scavenging activities. Consumption of mung bean pancake was shown to reduce the risk of stomach cancer in one Korean study. One study of the estrogenic effects of various legumes found that mung beans did not increase proliferation of human breast cancer cells. However, another study found that mung bean sprouts did increase proliferation of human breast cancer cells.

Additional comments

Mung beans are often referred to as "green beans" in Asian and South Asian cuisine. For example, they are used to make the dessert Green Bean Soup. Mung bean paste is used similarly to red bean paste in Chinese cuisine and can be a good substitute for red bean paste (i.e., adzuki bean paste). Mung bean starch is used to make transparent glass noodles. Mung bean sprouts are the sprouts typically used in sprout-based stir fry dishes in Chinese and other Asian restaurants in the U.S.

Non-Asian U.S. consumers typically purchase and consume mung bean sprouts rather than mung beans themselves. Outbreaks of salmonella infections linked to bean sprouts occur from time to time. Consumers of bean sprouts should stay aware of and act upon any such reports.

Note that while we are continually searching for new evidence specifically concerning this food, there is not much interest in it among breast cancer researchers, so few studies are available.

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Selected breast cancer studies

Antioxidant and Antidiabetic Activity of Black Mung Bean (Vigna radiata L.) Kinetic changes of nutrients and antioxidant capacities of germinated soybean (Glycine max L.) and mung bean (Vigna radiata L.) with germination time Chemical composition and antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of ten commercial mung bean samples Overview of Recent Events in the Microbiological Safety of Sprouts and New Intervention Technologies Effect of germination on phytochemicals and antioxidant activity of mung bean sprouts (Vigna radiata) Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) and Other Plant-Derived Protease Inhibitor Concentrates Inhibit Breast and Prostate Cancer Cell Proliferation In Vitro Total Polyphenols, Antioxidant and Antiproliferative Activities of Different Extracts in Mungbean Seeds and Sprouts Reduced Bioavailability of Tamoxifen and its Metabolite 4-Hydroxytamoxifen After Oral Administration with Biochanin A (an Isoflavone) in Rats Biological Potential of Sixteen Legumes in China Effect of mung bean ethanol extract on pro-inflammtory cytokines in LPS stimulated macrophages Study on Antioxidant and Anticancer Activities of Water-soluble Pigment from Mung Bean Antidiabetic Activity of Mung Bean Extracts in Diabetic KK-Ay Mice Salmonella infections associated with mung bean sprouts 2000-2002: Epidemiological and environmental investigations Chemical Composition and Antioxidant Activity of Seeds of Different Cultivars of Mungbean Development of Functional Foods in the Philippines Estrogen-like effects of ethanol extracts from several Chinese legumes on MCF-7 cell High Correlation between Lipid Peroxide Radical and Tumor-promoter Effect: Suppression of Tumor Promotion in the Epstein-Barr Virus/B-Lymphocyte System and Scavenging of Alkyl Peroxide Radicals by Various Vegetable Extracts Evaluation of the Estrogenic Effects of Legume Extracts Containing Phytoestrogens

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