Fight free radicals
A ½ cup of cooked green peas has 25 percent of your daily needs of manganese, a key component of an enzyme that helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Why is this good? Free radicals can lead to development of certain cancers, and damage our cell membranes and DNA. We should try to limit free radicals, which are the result of oxidation in the body—a process similar to metal rusting after exposure to oxygen in the air.