September 25, 2016

Bean Pod

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How does Bean Pod work?

Bean pods are a source of dietary fiber. Fiber might help to prevent cholesterol absorption and increase the elimination of dietary fat.

Products containing bean pod extracts often claim to be "starch blockers." Promoters offer this as a rationale for using their products for weight loss. But research shows that these products do not seem to decrease the absorption of starch.

Are there safety concerns?

There is some evidence that bean pod extracts are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth for 2 or 3 months. However, eating large amounts of fresh bean husks are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Raw husks contain chemicals that can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cooking destroys these chemicals.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking bean pod if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Bean pod may lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.

Surgery: Bean pod might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking bean pod at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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