Bean Pod



Bean pod is a plant that produces bean pods. Seeds are removed from the pods and the remaining husks are then used to make an “extract.” This extract is used as medicine.

Bean pod is used for high cholesterol, obesity, urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney or bladder stones, diabetes, and lung cancer. It is also taken as a diuretic to increase urine production.

How it works

Bean pods are a source of dietary fiber. Fiber might help to prevent cholesterol absorption and increase the elimination of dietary fat.

Products containing bean pod extracts often claim to be "starch blockers." Promoters offer this as a rationale for using their products for weight loss. But research shows that these products do not seem to decrease the absorption of starch.


Possibly Effective

Some research suggests that taking a specific white kidney bean pod extract (Phase 2, Pharmachem Labs) helps reduce weight and waist circumference in overweight people. However, conflicting evidence exists. The reason for this disagreement may be the amount of carbohydrates being eaten by people taking this product. This product seems to reduce weight more significantly in people who eat a high amount of carbohydrates. It does not appear to be effective for people who don't eat a lot of carbohydrates.According to an analysis of studies that evaluated white kidney bean pod extract (Phase 2, Pharmachem Labs) and other bean pod extracts, bean pod doesn't seem to help people lose weight. However, it does seem to decrease body fat.Products containing white kidney bean pod extract (Phase 2, Pharmachem Labs) plus other ingredients seem to increase weight loss in people who are overweight. Taking a product containing white kidney bean pod extract (Phase 2, Pharmachem Labs) plus chromium while dieting seems to increase weight loss by nearly 6 pounds when used for 30 days. Taking a product containing white kidney bean pod extract (Phase 2, Pharmachem Labs) plus chicory root and garcinia extract seems to reduce weight by 3.5 kg (approximately 7.7 lbs), body mass index by 1.3 kg/m2, and percent body fat by 2.3% compared to before treatment.


Possibly safe

There is some evidence that bean pod extracts are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth for 2 or 3 months

Possibly unsafe

However, eating large amounts of fresh bean husks are POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Raw husks contain chemicals that can cause stomach upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. Cooking destroys these chemicals.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking bean pod if you arepregnantorbreast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Bean pod may lower blood sugar. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medications may need to be adjusted by your healthcare provider.

Surgery: Bean pod might affect blood sugar levels. There is some concern that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking bean pod at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Always consult with your doctor.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)

Bean pod might decrease blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking bean pod along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

The information provided on this page is for reference purposes and is not meant to be used as a medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with a medical professional.