Phaseolus vulgaris - Glossary

Phaseolus vulgaris

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The botanical name for white kidney beans.  Phaseolus vulgaris extracts contain “Phaseolamin”, an inhibitor of alpha-amylase – the enzyme responsible for digesting dietary starches.   In theory, phaseolamin-containing “carb-blockers” can help with weight loss by limiting the carb calories absorbed from foods.  An early study on a commercial supplement, “Phase 2”, showed a non-significant trend for weight loss…a couple of follow up studies have been more promising, although the results have not been overwhelming.

See Paul’s review “Carb Blockers – Do Carb Blockers Really Prevent the Absorption of Carbohydrates?” for more information.

Author: elissa

Elissa is a former research associate with the University of California at Davis, and the author/co-author of over a dozen articles published in scientific journals. Currently a freelance writer and researcher, Elissa brings her multidisciplinary education and training to her writing on nutrition and supplements.

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