Overview

Phaseolus vulgaris is a bean plant. Various types of dry beans are produced from this plant, including kidney beans, black beans, pinto beans, navy beans, and many others. Some types of these dry beans or the remaining husk can be used to make an "extract." This extract is used as medicine.

Phaseolus vulgaris is most commonly taken by mouth for weight loss and obesity. It is also commonly taken for diabetes, but there is limited scientific evidence to support this use.

How does it work ?

Phaseolus vulgaris beans and bean pods are a source of dietary fiber. Fiber might help to prevent cholesterol absorption and increase the elimination of fat from the diet.

Products containing Phaseolus vulgaris bean extracts often claim to be "starch blockers." Promoters offer this as a rationale for using their products for weight loss. Some research shows that these products can decrease the absorption of starch. However, other research shows that these products do not decrease starch absorption.

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