Legumes contain the highest amount of protein of all plants consumed. They allow the body to replenish its intake of iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins B and PP. Including beans in the diet can lower cholesterol and blood sugar, increase haemoglobin and help strengthen the nervous system. The phytoestrogens contained in legumes reduce the likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and baldness. Due to the significant amount of fibre in legumes, the digestion process is quite long and flatulence is possible. They have a mild laxative and diuretic effect. Because of the high content of purine compounds, it is not recommended for use in joint diseases.