PEAS for strong bones – prevents osteoporosis

Legumes, which are available all the time, if not fresh, then in frozen or dried form, have recently attracted the attention of nutritionists. Thanks to its numerous useful ingredients, peas make bones stronger and healthier, which prevents osteoporosis.

Mahuarka are plants that, as their name suggests, “hide” their fruit in a pod. Peanuts, beans, green beans, peas, soybeans, lentils, broad beans, chickpeas are the representatives of this type of plants that are most often used in human nutrition.

One of the few legumes that can be cooked as a vegetable – fresh peas – is available from spring until late autumn, and during the rest of the year, this food is often on the table thanks to freezing or drying technology.

Peas are an excellent ally in the fight against disease because they are full of nutrients and high-value substances. It is a source of significant amounts of as many as eight vitamins, seven minerals, as well as fiber and protein.

In addition to the fact that it can be used to make many very tasty dishes, there are many substances in peas that are useful for maintaining bone health. It is a rich source of vitamin K, part of which the human body converts into vitamin K2, which in turn activates osteocalcin – one of the basic proteins of bones.

With the help of this non-collagenous protein, calcium molecules remain inside the bone. This is why the level of vitamin K2 is very important, and without it, bone mineralization is compromised.

Since peas are an excellent source of folic acid and vitamin B6, which affect the reduction of homocysteine ​​levels, a substance that is created in the process of metabolism, and threatens the normal connection of collagen and bone structure, and creates conditions for the development of osteoporosis, nutritionists point out that it should be on the table on average at least once a week during the season.

The results of one study showed that in women in the period after menopause who have not had a deficiency of folic acid, it is possible to reduce the level of homocysteine ​​by simply eating foods rich in this important acid.

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