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There is an old saying about couples. They are like peas in a pod. It means that they are very alike, but you could also say that a relationship needs to be balanced in order to be successful.

Peas are inexpensive, and they are a super food that bring many benefits to our body. Peas, as well as lentils, are great sources of protein, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B12.

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Avoid diabetes and depression
Peas have both carbohydrates and protein needed to balance blood glucose levels. This keeps our stress levels stable, and helps our mood swings stay grounded.

Prevent constipation and hemorrhoids
Insoluble fiber content in peas increases the size of your stool and effeciently passes it through your colon, which is why fiber is important to prevent constipation. Peas also contains soluble fiber, which is highly processed in the colon and brings benefits to digestive health. Peas are not only high in protein and fiber, but also rich in some vitamin and minerals such as folate, B12, potassium, and magnesium.

Stay fit
Peas can also help with weight loss and maintaining a healthy BMI.  When blood glucose levels are balanced, it reduces hunger pangs. The fiber content in peas will surely help you to lose weight. Fiber helps to fill the stomach and bring satiety, The full feeling in your stomach will last for hours after eating peas so you won’t experience any food craving that can increase the chance of gaining weight.

Keep your heart healthy
Heart disease is major cause of death in in many developed countries. This risk of this disease increases by eating  processed meat and red meat. The fiber content of peas can help stop cholesterol from entering your blood vessels and heart. The balance of protein and carbohydrate, and the fiber in peas will keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

Reduce the chance of cancer
Consuming peas has been linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer and prostate cancer This is because peas contain high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are the active components associated with preventing cancer.

Live a longer life
The high antioxidants in peas neutralizes the effect of free radicals that are the main culprit in the aging process. The anti-inflammatory properties are said to help your body to prevent wrinkles. They are also a great source of vitamin C which can promote collagen (A protein) production inside the skin layer and prevent wrinkles.

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Strengthen your immune system
Peas contains high amounts of antioxidants and other mineral such as copper, iron, zinc and manganese that enhance the body's immune system. Those substances promote the immune cells to produce antibodies and defend against pathogens or radicals.

Maintain your memory
Alzheimer’s is a disease that usually happen in elderly people, causing them to lose their memory.  It is a symptom of dementia known to be associated with low levels of the essential vitamins B12 and vitamin K which can be found in peas.

Keep your bones healthy
Peas contain some amounts of calcium which are important in maintaining healthy bones. Consuming half a cup of peas each day can certainly keep you away from osteoporosis or losing bone mass.

Avoid muscle cramps
Potassium and magnesium are important for the muscle and nerve functions in every part of your body, so you can avoid muscle cramps and keep a healthy heartbeat.

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Keep healthy skin and hair
The main function of protein is building the body and repairing it when it gets broken. The high protein content of peas is essential for the repair process. Protein acts as a building block, and it repairs damaged hair and replaces old tissues with new ones. Hair follicles in the scalp needs the vitamins B6 and B12 to promote the absorption of healthy nutrients and keep your hair strong.

Promote a healthy pregnancy
The folate content in peas can prevent neural tube defects in the newborn baby. The protein content of peas helps the pregnant woman increase her digestive function. They also have iron content to help prevent anemia and zinc that can prevent stretch marks.

Keep your vision 
Peas are high in Vitamin A as well as beta carotene that are beneficial in keeping healthy eyes and eyesight. It can also prevent the elderly from macular degeneration and cataracts.

Fix chilblains
Chilblains are a mild or severe inflammation that can cause swelling on the fingers or toes, especially when women wear high heel shoes that squeeze the toes.  To remedy this, you can boil peas in some water and strain it. Mix the pea water with sesame oil and soak the swollen fingers or toes with this water. You can even leave a compress on the area overnight.

Article: by Irene Chain Kalinowski
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