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Zentraveler on health benefits of the Mung bean!

Mung Beans

I was at the local market in Bantayan purchasing a pair of shorts and when I paid for them the owner asked if I would like to have a bowl of soup. A minute later I was served a delicious bowl of mong bean soup and a heaping mound of rice. I reached in my pocket to pay..and the owner of the shop just laughted..and said: “no charge… I am glad you enjoyed it and I think before long you will become accustomed to eating the local cuisine.”

Mung beans are one of those foods that seem to be loved or hated but this humble food is actually a nutritional powerhouse and may actually be able to be defined as a superfood. Read on to learn more about their health benefits.

What are Mung Beans?
Mung beans are part of the legume family and are a good source of protein. If they are combined with other cereals, a complete protein can be made. When sprouted, mung beans contain vitamin C that is not found in the bean itself.

Health Benefits of Mung Beans

Mung beans are rich in the following nutrients:

• protein
• vitamin C
• folic acid or folate
• iron
• zinc
• potassium
• magnesium
• copper
• manganese
• phosphorus
• thiamine

Mung beans are also high in fibre, low in saturated fat, low in sodium, and contain no cholesterol. Because of the wide range of nutrients contained in mung beans, they offer a whole host of health benefits for the immune system, the metabolism, the heart and other organs, cell growth, protection against free radicals, and diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

The folic acid, or folate as it is also known, that is contained in mung beans helps to lower the risk of heart disease, fights birth defects, contributes to normal cell growth, helps in the metabolism of proteins, and is essential for the formation of red blood cells and for healing processes in the body. Another B vitamin, thiamine, is needed to ensure that the nervous system functions properly. It is also important for releasing energy from carbohydrates. Manganese is a trace mineral that is key for energy production and antioxidant defenses. It is also necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and can be helpful for the brain and nerves.

Magnesium helps the veins and arteries to relax, lessening resistance and improving the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. Research has shown that a deficiency of magnesium is not only associated with a heart attack but that immediately following a heart attack, a lack of magnesium promotes free radical damage to the heart. The body requires copper in order to absorb iron and copper is also involved in the metabolism of protein. Iron helps to build resistance to stress and disease and it is essential for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to every cell in the body. It is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. Potassium is necessary for maintaining the acid-alkaline balance in the blood and for muscle contraction and a normal heart beat. Zinc is a well known immune system booster and can be helpful in fighting male infertility. Zinc aids healing processes in the body, growth, and tissue repair.

Like all legumes, mung beans are very high in fibre – more so than fruits and vegetables and even better than wholegrains. The soluble fibre in mung beans captures cholesterol in the intestines, keeps it out of the blood stream, and carries it out of the body.

Using Mung Beans

Mung beans can be used in a variety of ways. They can be sprouted, cooked, or ground to make flour. In some Asian countries, it is made into a paste, sweetened, and used as a filling in pastries, and in some countries it is even made into ice cream and lollipops. Mung beans should be washed well to remove impurities. They also contain very few oligosaccharides, the sugars responsible for flatulence. …

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THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: The mung bean is native to India, and is cultivated in China and much of Asia in general. This Asian vegetable plant was first grown in the U.S. in the late 19th century as a livestock feed. It is known by many names, including green gram, lutou, look dou, moyashimame, and oorud. The small pods contain about a dozen small BB sized seeds. One pound of seeds produces about 6 pounds of mung bean sprouts, the most popular form of this bean. Dried mung beans are also ground into flour, used to make ‘cellophane noodles’ in China.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Mong Bean seeds! Then you can grow your own garden!

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Eat more mung beans they are good for you and have many health benefits!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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Zentraveler on Mother Earth Mysticism!

Mother Earths Feminine Spirit!

Mother Earth

Mother Nature or Mother Earth is a metaphorical expression for the Earth and its biosphere as the giver and sustainer of life. The Ancient Greek word Gaia was the primal Greek goddess personifying the Earth. Man is coming close to a tipping point wherein we could totally destroy our world unless we make some changes. It won’t happen over night; however, there could come a point of no return soon.

Some think the answer lies in the rise of the feminine spirit.

James Enredy, a spiritual guide, has written extensively about this in his book Beyond 2012. He carries on conversations with Earth Spirit Nakawe (Grandmother Growth). I’m not sure I can relate to that nor his conversations with Fire Spirit Tataiwari (Grandfather Fire), but neither am I ready to write it off as fantasy.

Mythology stories abound… They’re the glue that holds us in many ways.What I do know is that there is an ascendency of the feminine spirit. And there needs to be because of the distinct natures of the masculine and feminine. As foreign as it may sound to some, our earth needs to be nutured back to health and therein comes the Mayan calendar and it’s attendent concepts.There are nine Underworlds in the Maya consciousness. They are called Underworlds, not because of a Mayan concept of Hell, but because of the activated crystalline structures in the earths inner core.

These crystalline structures were not known by the Mayans, but were sensed and intuited by the spiritual priests and tribal leaders, chief of whom was Kukulcan – better known as Quetzalcoatl in the Aztec culture.Carl Johan Calleman has written most of the relevant material on this coming age that I know of in his book. The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness. His dating of the Mayan calendar is a bit different and I’m not sure I agree with his end dating but, here is his reasoning.

The doomsday clock may just be the opposite!

The ninth cycle, known as the Universal Underworld, will begin on February 11, 2011 and will end on October 28, 2011, lasting only 260 days. At the end of this final 260-day cycle, the Mayan Calendar simply stops.

The original calculated date marking the beginning of the calendar defined the end of the “long count” as December 21, 2012 and that’s the date I’m currently giving the most credence to. Many believe the end of this ninth cycle is also known as the birth of the 6th Sun and the 5th Earth – the beginning of a new 5,125-year cycle.

Regardless of the exact date, they all speak of the ushering in of a strengthening feminine cycle. Mother earth needs that!……..adapted from“mother earth”

So there you have it! If we are to start caring about our earth we better all chip in and see what we can do before its too late and the doomsday clock becomes a reality!

QUOTE: We could have saved the Earth but we were too damned cheap.


Earth is best defined as the only planet in our solar system that is known to support life. It is the third planet in the solar system, in terms of ascending distance from the Sun. Earth has all the ingredients needed for life, in the form of air, water, and so on. The fifth largest planet in the solar system, the planet is composed of three layers – a core, a mantle and an outer crust. A fun trivia about Earth is that though the planet is named ‘Earth’ only 29 percent of its surface is actually comprises of land (earth), while the rest is made up of water.


ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Its never too late to get involved in doing your part with technology, groups, one on one teaching, using our large brain to turn around years of abuse, wars and destruction and save the earth! I challenge each and every person to pick up their weight in plastic bags floating around this earth and to plant their weight in small seedling trees! Its a start… now get planting Grasshopper!

From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.

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