Lupins are also known as Lupinus or Lupines. It is also known as “Wolf Beans” which probably alludes to the Roman word “Lupus” wherefrom Lupin got its name. There are approximately 200 to 600 Lupins varieties. Most of these are perennial plants that can grow anywhere between 1 and 5 feet in height. However, there are exceptions in Bush Lupins that are about 10 feet tall and a Mexican variety that rises to more than 20 feet in length. There are both bitter and sweet forms of Lupins. Sweet kinds of Lupins are found in North America while bitter varieties are seen in Mediterranean regions. The taste of the plants depends on the alkaloids contained in them.
- Appetite control: Lupine oil helps with appetite control.
- Nutritional value: In Lupine oil nutritional value is high. Lupin seeds are high in fiber in fiber and protein. These are low in fat.
- Anticancer: The seeds contain bioactive compounds which are reported to be helpful in preventing cancer.
- Prevent cardiovascular disease: The lupine oil helps in prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
- The high protein content: Makes it perfect to be added in protein shakes and bars.