Topics: Amino acid, Nutrition, Blood sugar Pages: 7 (1421 words) Published: November 21, 2011


In the world of plants, petai plants can be classified in the family Leguminosae (Mimosaceae). Petai scientific name is parkia speciosa . Petai usually grow with the height of 5-25 meters and forms a lot of branching. Part of the petai that is most important is the seed. Petai can be eaten raw as a fresh vegetable, boiled, fried or even baked. Petai is also widely used as food flavoring. It is very popular in Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and also Laos. Parkia speciosa is quite similar with long beans with bright green beans inside. The shape is similar with almond shape. Petai is sold in various forms such as sold in bunches, in pods, seeds or petai seeds that are packed in plastic bag and some even sold in the form of pickles and in the form of frozen. Studies by Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute [MARDI] indicated petai has a good amino acid profile, particularly essential amino acids. Essential amino acids help maintain blood sugar and energy level balance. They are needed to produce hormones, enzymes, muscles, tissues, bones and collagen. Essential amino acids also assist the process of metabolism in human’s body andfacilitates the function of the central nervous system (CNS)

Parkia Speciosa Nutrition Components

Parkia speciosa contains nutrients that are good for health and some of them are Vitamin A, B complex, C, Potassium, Magnesium, phosphorus, iron and fiber.


Benefits of Parkia Speciosa

Parkia speciosa contain three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, it provides an immediate, sustained and boost the energy. Research has proved that with two servings of parkia speciosa provide sufficient energy for a exhausting 90-minute workout. No wonder parkia speciosa is the number one bean with the world's leading athletes. Nevertheless, parkia speciosa can help people to retain fit as it can also help to overcome or prevent substantial number of illnesses and conditions. The benefits of parkia speciosa are:

▪ Depression

According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND among the people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating parkia speciosa. This is because it contains tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin known to make people relax, improve their mood and generally makes people feels happier.

▪ Anemia

Parkias peciosa contains high iron and also can stimulate the production of red blood cells.

▪ Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

Parkia speciosa contains high calcium but low in salt, so it is good for reducing blood pressure.

▪ Strokes

According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine,” eating parkia speciosa as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%"

▪ PMS(premenstrual syndrome)

The vitamin B6 in it regulates blood glucose levels which can affect mood.

▪ The brain's ability
High in calcium can help increase the brain's ability to learn.

▪ Constipation
Parkia speciosa contains high fiber to restore normal bowel action .

• Mosquito bites, itching, and swelling

It can use to rub the affected area of bites using the skin of parkia speciosa

• Smoking

Parkia speciosa also can help people trying to give up on smoking. Vitamin B6 and B12, as well as calcium and magnesium contained in parkia speciosa help the body recover from the effects of nicotine.

• Stress

Potassium in it can help to normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates body's water balance. When people are stressed, their metabolic rate rises and therefore reduce the potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium parkia speciosa snack.

• Temperature control

Many other cultures see parkiaspeciosa as a "cooling" beans that can lower both...
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