Health News: Beans Could Protect Against Sepsis

Researchers at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered that a bean commonly used in Chinese cuisine protects against sepsis. These findings are published in Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM).

Neutralizing the protein HMGB1 protects against persistent and constant inflammation that leads to diseases like sepsis and damage to tissue and organs. Haichao Wang, PhD, and his colleagues found that extract from mung bean (Vigna radiata)—a bean native to India and commonly used in Chinese food and traditional medicine—reduced the release of HMGB1, increasing survival rates in mice from 29.4 percent to 70 percent.