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The lablab bean is a variety of annual, dolichos beans. The black-eyed peas and yard-long beans are other close relatives. Hyacinth is a tropical perennial twining plant requires trellis to support its growth. It continues to grow as short-term perennial as long as moisture and weather permits.
Purple/white flowers appear in clusters which develop into flat, thick, slightly curved green pods with pointing ends. Each pod normally contains two to six round or oval, light green, cream, black, brown or mottled seeds. The seeds also exhibit prominent white hilum, usually covering one third of the seed.

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1. Raw, immature hyacinth pods carry just 46 calories per 100 g; whereas, dry mature seeds contain 344 calories.
2. Dry hyacinth beans contain 23.90 g or 44% of recommended daily allowance of protein.
3. Dry lablab beans indeed are very good sources of dietary fiber among pole beans. 100 g dry beans carry 25.6 g or 64% of DV of fiber. Dietary fiber works as a bulk laxative that helps to protect the colon mucosa by decreasing its exposure time to toxic substances as well as by binding to cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.
4. Dietary fiber has shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels by decreasing reabsorption of cholesterol binding bile acids in the colon.
5. Hyacinth beans are gluten-free food products. They often recommended as alternative gluten-free protein food in gluten-allergy and celiac disease patients.
6. Dry hyacinth beans are one of the finest sources of several B-complex vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folates, and niacin. Most of these vitamins works as co-factors for the enzymes in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism.
7. Dry hyacinth beans hold 1.130 mg of thiamin (94% of DV). Thiamin chiefly involeved in the carbohydrates metabolism. Its deficiency may leads to beri-beri disease.
8. Fresh, immature pods carry very good levels of vitamin-A, and K. 100 g of fresh pods carry 864 IU (29% of DV) of vitamin-A. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant which helps in mucosal regeneration and maintenance.
9. Fresh pods are also excellent sources of vitamin-C. 100 g gresh pods contain 12.6 mg (21% of DV). Vitamin C is a powerful water-soluble antioxidant and helps in wound healing, and tissue repair.
10. Dry lablab beans are an excellent sources of minerals. 100 g of dry beans hold copper-148% calcium-13%, iron-64%, magnesium-71%, manganese-68%, phosphorus-53% and zinc-84%.
11. 100 g of beans hold 1235 mg or 26% potassium. Potassium is an essential electrolyte of cell and body fluids, which helps to counter pressing effects of sodium on heart and blood pressure.


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