Green peas is well known vegetable. They are tasty, easy to prepare and provide our body with lots of important nutrients.
We can find peas almost throughout the year either in fresh, frozen or canned form. The healthiest option is fresh peas, followed by frozen ones and canned peas.
It is estimated that peas contain 8 vitamins, 7 minerals, dietary fiber and protein.
Green peas will supply your body with vitamin K that our body transforms into vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is known to activate osteocalcin which maintains proper amount of minerals in bones keeping them strong and healthy.
Another nutrients that support bone health are folic acid and vitamin B6 and both of them can be found in garden peas. They stop building up of homocysteine, a dangerous substance that is connected to osteoporosis. If a woman has enough folic acid in blood even though she is in menopause she will have low levels of homocystein, the researches shows.
Homocysteine is blamed for damaging blood vessels which can lead to atherosclerosis. That is why green peas are said to prevent cardiovascular diseases. About 400 micrograms of folic acid per day may prevent heart illnesses such as strokes, heart attacks and so on and and in that way lower the death rate among people. Vitamin K found in peas will help in a healthy process of blood clotting.
Garden peas will boost energy to your systems and help you overcome constant fatigue and apathy.
Viatmin B complex that is thiamin-vitamin B1, vitamin B6, riboflavin-vitamin B2 and niacin-vitamin B3, can all be found in peas. These vitamins help our body to metabolize carbohydrate, protein and liquid.
Green peas are rich in iron, a mineral important for brain and blood. If you eat plenty of peas you will definitely avoid anemia.
Green peas have plenty of vitamin C, an antioxidant which eliminates free radicals from cells helping our body detoxify. Vitamin C has positive impact on adrenal glands, ocular lens, liver, connective tissues etc. Vitamin C is important for proper functioning of our immunity system and overcoming bad influences of polluted environment. Having enough of vitamin C in body is great prevention for various types of cancer.
There are three types of peas known as garden or green peas, snow peas and snap peas. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy their pleasant flavor and texture and at the same time you will prepare healthy meal full of essential nutrients for yourself and your family.