Beans and other pulses, are digested slowly by the body to give a sustained release of energy. This helps to moderate blood sugar levels which is a good way of slowing the ageing process. Much of the way our tissues age is due to glycation from the excess blood sugar we get from high carbohydrate food sources.
Eating beans and other pulses also helps to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid which is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid helps your skin to retain water within the skin cells, basically acting as a moisturiser that keeps your skin smooth and wrinkle free. Of course collagen and elastin play their part but a good intake of vitamin C and vitamin E in fruit and nuts covers that requirement. The important thing is that levels of hyaluronic acid decrease as your skin ages.
Most importantly where cancer is concerned, is that in addition to the other phytonutrients, and protein, beans provide high levels of dietary fibre which can help keep bowel movements more regular and lowers your risk of colorectal cancer.
Studies have also indicated a reduction in breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women associated with the consumption of beans.