The green pea is a plant that people place either in the group of vegetables or in the group of legumes, but regardless of the group it belongs to, the peas is a very healthy food that brings us very useful nutrients that have the ability to preserve and improve our health. Read about the health benefits of green peas.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
The peas are extraordinarily rich in phytonutrients (catechins, epicatechins, alpha and beta-carotene, phenolic acids) that have antioxidant properties and protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Also, in the pea, there is an abundance of certain types of anti-inflammatory substances that cannot be found in other plants in such amounts. When we talk about anti-inflammatory substances, it should be mentioned that the peas contains omega-3 essential fatty acid,alpha-linolenic acid, that is not produced in our body and must be intaken with food.
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and arthritis.
Helps regulate blood sugar levels
The green pea is rich in fiber and proteins that help to digest and absorb nutrients from food. They also regulate the time for which carbohydrates are decomposed and absorbed. This prevents a high rise in blood sugar. Other useful substances that are present in the peas also help in the regulation of the level of insulin in the blood.
Better heart health
It is thought that peas also affect the health of the heart and blood vessels. The effect of the pea is explained byantioxidants present in it inhibit the oxidative processes that damage the blood vessels; byomega-3 linolenic fatty acid present in it reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems; and by vitamin choline from the group of B-vitamins reduces the level of homocysteine (a substance whose elevated level in the body is a risk factor for cardiovascular problems).
Protection from gastric cancer
A study in Mexico City showed a link between consuming peas (and other legumes) and the reduced rate of gastric cancer. Reducing the occurrence of cancer occurred when the daily intake of a single substance calledcoumestrol was over 2 mg. If we tell you that only one cup of peas contains about 10mg coumestrol, then you already understand the importance of this food in preventing the occurrence of stomach cancer!