Have you ever eaten the sweet little adzuki bean? This cute pinkish-red, high protein brain food helps regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism, as well as promotes balanced sexual activity and proper growth and development of the body. According to Paul Pitchford and his book Healing with Whole Foods, legumes have drying and diuretic qualities.

Adzuki beans in particular are thermal in nature and relate to the heart and small intestine. They tonify kidney-adrenal function, detoxify the body, remove heat conditions, remove swelling and support weight loss.

Mix adzuki beans into soups, salads or grain dishes. Drizzle with flax or olive oil. Serve with seaweed or salt to enhance moistening properties.

For recipes and ideas Heidi Swanson’s 101Cookbooks.com showcases a lovely butternut squash-adzuki bean soup among many other remarkable creations…

What is your relationship with beans? Do you eat them regularly? What is your favorite legume dish?

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