The hyacinth bean plant is a tropical plant native to Africa. The fast-growing vine produces glossy seed pods that are ornamental as well as edible. The beans are slightly toxic so they must be boiled before eating. In Africa, many people eat them as part of the regular diet. The health benefits of hyacinth beans come from their numerous vitamins and minerals. Other parts of the plant, like the leaves and flowers, can be eaten as well.
Hyacinth bean is rich in vitamin B1, which is important for heart health. The body uses the vitamin in the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. Vitamin B1 is also known to promote healthy ventricular function and treat heart failure. In one study, people with congestive heart failure who were given this vitamin intravenously showed marked improvement. Additionally, B1 may help slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s. Moreover, a lack of vitamin B1 can result in irregular heart function.
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