Delicious and nutritious, the benefits of mung beans have never been more prevalent — especially if glossy, luscious locks are on your wish list. Mung beans are considered functional foods, which means they host a high nutritional value and can promote digestive health. Not only can you whip up a delicious dish with sprouted mung beans, but if you include mung beans in your hair wellness routine, you might boost the look of limp hair.

But what makes the humble mung bean the superior sprout? Can it really  encourage impressive hair growth? And if so, what's the best way to use it? To help you understand a bit more about mung beans and their health benefits, VEGAMOUR spoke to some health professionals and picked apart the research. Plus, discover the best hair products powdered by mung bean to support thicker, fuller hair

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What Exactly Is a Mung Bean?

Mung beans have been a health-food favorite for a while now. And though we're just starting to wake up to the depths of their benefits, India, China and Southeast Asia have had them on the menu for thousands of years. They can be eaten raw, or you can cook them — and you can add them to pretty much any dish. Plus, dried mung beans can make a healthy snack.

Sprouted mung beans are a part of the legume family of foods and are packed with vitamins and minerals. This food category includes beans, peas, and lentils and is best known for its protein and fiber content. Not sure what a mung bean looks like? These green-shelled legumes are cream underneath, smaller than a pea and tend to have a short whitish sprout. 

Some consider eating mung bean sprouts to be so healthy that they're often called the food of the angels, the magic bean and in some places, an ancient superfood. Nice!

How Do Mung Beans Help With Hair Growth?

Not only are mung beans a power pulse that's packed full of goodness, but they could also be the ingredient you need for a healthy head of hair. Nutritionist and author Lisa Richards told VEGAMOUR, "Mung beans do not get much attention for their role in hair growth, but actually, they serve a great purpose in helping to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss."

Richards continued, "The nutrient primarily responsible for mung bean's hair growth benefits is folate. Folate is required for healthy cell growth, and the cells of the skin and nails are included in this group. One cup of cooked mung beans provides 80% of the daily recommended value (DV) of folate."

Mung beans actually contain a plethora of hair nourishing nutrients such as folate, zinc, selenium, silica, iron and vitamins A, B, C, B-7 (biotin) and K. You might even call mung beans a multivitamin for good hair! That's why VEGAMOUR has given mung beans a starring role in most of our products.

Essential Nutrients and Vitamins Found in Mung Beans

To help you understand the power behind the humble mung bean and why VEGAMOUR loves it so much, let's look at the abundance of minerals and vitamins that they contain:

  • Folate is one of the B vitamins and is found in large amounts in mung beans. It can help prevent premature graying and restore the natural luster and vitality of your hair.
  • Zinc is vital for healthy hair cell regeneration. It absorbs proteins, which are essential to the look of thick, shiny hair and research shows that it can help lessen the look of thinner hair.
  • Selenium has been much-applauded for its positive influence on thicker-looking hair. Authors of a scientific review found that selenium can be involved in the process of creating hair.
  • Silica doesn't promote hair growth, but it helps prevent thinning and strengthens weaker strands by delivering essential nutrients to the follicles.
  • Iron helps stimulate hair growth by carrying oxygen, which helps repair the body's cells. When you have an iron deficiency, the body can't produce the hemoglobin the blood needs, resulting in hair loss.
  • Vitamin A is also known as retinol and can contribute to a healthy head of hair. It works by supporting the secretion of sebum, which can prevent hair from breaking.
  • Vitamin B7, aka biotin, is one of the best-known vitamins for hair growth. Studies show that a biotin deficiency can lead to thinner-looking hair in humans. It can be easily supplemented with a daily biotin vitamin
  • Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps tackle the daily pollutants that your scalp has to handle. It can also help you absorb more iron, which boosts hair health.
  • Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that helps coregulate blood. As well as helping to fight disease, it can also help regenerate hair growth naturally.

And that's not all. Mung beans can help strengthen the cellular matrix of the dermal papilla, which is found at the base of the hair follicle. So, when the dermal papilla gets stronger, so does the hair's volume.

It's also worth noting that mung beans can also help reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines, which provokes follicular miniaturization. When follicle miniaturization occurs, the hair can thin, become fragile and easily fall out. Reducing inflammation can help reopen the miniaturized hair follicles, so be on the lookout for products that contain mung beans to give your roots a boost.

Also: 9 Biotin-Rich Foods for Healthy Hair

VEGAMOUR Hair Serums Are Powered by Mung Beans

Eating mung beans is undoubtedly good for you, but you could also apply topical formulas made using the clever little pulse to start seeing results quickly. In fact, the results are so impressive that VEGAMOUR made mung beans the star ingredient in many of its highly-rated products. 

Both the GRO Hair Serum and GRO+ Advanced Hair Serum contain mung beans — because why use a chemical-laden formula when you can take an effective natural approach to healthy hair?

If you're looking for something to boost the look of your hair, either hair serum formula could be just what you need. In as little as four months, subjects saw an increase in the appearance of hair density by up to 52% and a reduction in signs of shedding by up to 76%. Plus, many serums made to reduce the look of thinning hair can make the roots feel and look greasy — especially if they're being applied twice a day. VEGAMOUR serums never do that. The lightweight blend smooths onto the scalp with just a hint of a scent. Plus, the clinically-tested, plant-based formula is free from toxins and chemicals so you'll never experience harmful side effects.

Other VEGAMOUR Products Featuring Mung Beans

VEGAMOUR GRO Collection

Tempted by the impressive benefits of mung beans? You can find them in these VEGAMOUR formulas too:

  • GRO Hair Foam: This rich and revitalizing vegan foam offers instant body and texture to tresses. It also deeply penetrates the scalp to support visibly thicker, fuller-looking locks.
  • GRO+ Advanced Hair Foam: A CBD-enhanced foaming mousse that helps boost limp-looking hair and soothe the scalp where the root of your thinning hair problems begin.
  • GRO Dry Shampoo: A delicate citrus-scented dry shampoo that absorbs odors, offers texture and maintains a fresh, clean feeling after every use.
  • vegaLASH Volumizing Serum: A non-greasy lash serum that doesn't contain hormones, carcinogens or dangerous side effects. Use regularity for visibly fuller-looking, denser lashes.
  • GRO+ Advanced Lash Serum: A serum made with the power of microencapsulated, full-spectrum CBD. This plant-based blend helps create a healthy environment for long lashes to grow in.
  • vegaBROW Volumizing Serum: This smooth blend contains an exclusive Polyphytobase Complex and active phytomolecules to help keep the hair follicles healthy.
  • GRO+ Advanced Brow Serum: This concentrated cannabidiol quickly penetrates the skin to support thick, healthy-looking brows. This is the blend to take your brow game to the next level.

Are There Other Health Benefits to Mung Beans?

Mung beans are a pulse that offers a heap of nutritional benefits when they're ingested. As already discussed, they're packed with vitamins and minerals, including essential amino acids, which your body needs to function. And because they're rich in soluble fiber, they can help lower high blood cholesterol. They're also a fantastic source of dietary fiber because they contain plant-based proteins — perfect if you're enjoying a vegan diet.

Besides imparting nutritional value, evidence suggests that mung beans can help with allergies, anti-fungal and antimicrobial activity. Another study found that mung beans can decrease blood sugar levels, and other evidence suggests sprout extracts might help lower blood pressure. Further studies need to occur before everyone starts chasing the mung bean dream, but so far, so good.

Read: Doctor Recommended Ways to Boost Your Immune System

How To Eat Mung Bean Sprouts

Unsurprisingly, mung beans have become popular in the vegan community because of their high protein levels. Soaked mung batter can even be used as an egg replacer. And in Hong Kong, they've taken healthy habits to another level: Mung bean paste is frozen and turned into ice pops and even ice cream.

If you haven't quite got the culinary skills needed to make ice cream, you could take a simpler route. Add mung bean sprouts to salads and other quick, tasty dishes to plump up your nutritional intake. If your mung beans are tough, let them simmer in boiling water for about 40 minutes — just don't let them get too squishy. Toss the whole mung beans in with some red onion, plum tomatoes, avocado and any of your favorite salad ingredients. Dress the salad with a mixture of 1 tbsp lemon juice, 3 tbsp of olive oil, and approximately 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar to give your summer salad a zesty kick.

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Why Choose a Natural Hair Products?

Even though it's clear that mung beans benefit both the hair and body, you might find yourself veering toward harsh chemical solutions if you're living with dramatic hair fall. Finasteride is a pretty potent drug that's often offered to those struggling with thin hair. Unfortunately, it also comes with a whole host of side effects, including sexual issues, breast tenderness, cold sweats and more. Also available is Minoxidil, which is an FDA-approved product that can be applied topically. Female users have reported side effects such as scalp irritation, irregular heart rate, headaches, low blood pressure, and changes in hair color and texture.

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VEGAMOUR Hair Serums: A Natural Alternative

As a healthy alternative to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects, VEGAMOUR created an all-vegan, hormone-free hair wellness system. Featuring bio-active phytomolecules (including the mighty mung bean) that naturally help enable hair growth stimulation, our holistic approach is gentle but impressively effective. Instead of worrying about the side effects of a chemical formula, why not opt for peace of mind with all-natural VEGAMOUR hair wellness products? We think you'll be glad you did.

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