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What are the health benefits of lima beans?

William W. Li, MD
Internal Medicine

The lowly lima bean can have a power impact on cancer. To learn more about this health benefit of lima beans, watch this video featuring diet and disease prevention specialist Dr. William Li.


Limas are the top bean source of potassium, a mineral needed for blood pressure regulation. Ninety percent of men and nearly 100% of women don’t get enough potassium. Lima beans also contain the phytochemicals coumestrol and saponin, compounds that may impart anticancer benefits.

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