Meet Petai: The Stink Beans with Glorious Health Benefits for You

Be prepared, after reading this article, you’ll never look at Petai the same way again…

Petai, also known as Parkia Speciosa, pete, peteh, bitter bean, twisted cluster bean, stinker, stink bean, sator, sataw, yongchaak, and zawngah, is a plant of the genus Parkia in the family Fabaceae. It is well-known in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Laos.

Petai bears long, flat edible beans with bright green seeds the size and shape of plump almonds which have a peculiar smell. Its pungent smell sometimes makes some people reluctant to eat this fruit. Little did they know that petai holds glorious health benefits to their body.

Petai really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around.

Here are some glorious health benefits of petai for your body:

High in Potassium
Half a cup of petai is loaded with 224mg of potassium, which plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission. It also lowers the risk of high blood pressure.

Rich Content of Vitamin C
The 20mg of vitamin C in half a cup of petai is sufficient to meet about half of our daily requirements of the vitamin, which is essential for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body.

Rich Content of Calcium
A half-cup serving of petai contains 75mg calcium which is essential for bone building and keeping them healthy, help with your blood clot, nerve send messages and muscles contract.

Rich Content of Iron
The amount of iron in petai in half a cup serving is 2mg. It’s essential to make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells.

Fight Depression
Petai contains tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

Help Control Diabetes
In traditional practice, raw petai or the juice helps in controlling diabetes or those who suffer from high blood pressure; which could be the synergistic action of plant sterols such as beta sitosterol and stigmasterol.

Cure Hangover
Here’s a good one for you party people. One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make petai milkshake, sweetened with honey. The petai calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Help to Quit Smoking
Struggling to quit your bad habit of smoking? Yes, petai can be your way out. The B6 and B12 vitamins that contained in the stink beans, along with the potassium and magnesium present in them, assist your body in getting over the end results of nicotine withdrawal.

Overcome PMS
The vitamin B6 in petai regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood so you can kiss that bad mood goodbye.

Temperature Control
Many cultures see petai as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Holland, for example, pregnant women eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Calm Nerve System
Petai is high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Reduce Stress
When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium petai. Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.

Help with Constipation
High in fiber, including petai in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

But despite its numerous health benefits, if ingested too much, petai can harm the kidneys. That’s why people with kidney problems should avoid eating petai excessively. This is due to the high content of amino acids in petai.

So, are you ready to give petai a try?


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