Are you looking for a way to use that left-over holiday ham? Cookin’ up some good ol’ home cooked food like ham simmered in blacked-eyed peas, plus ham sauteed in a healthy oil with cabbage, can bring you good luck and money for the New Year! Now, even if you don’t believe in these old superstitions, these delicious healthy foods may also help you stave off varicose vein treatment a little longer. Black-eyed peas are a gift to the United States from Africa, where they are an every day staple.
Health Benefits of Black-eyed Peas
Black-eyed peas are one of the best vegetarian sources for the “B” vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, B6, B12, biotin, and pantothenic acid) and iron. Thus, they give you a low fat version of some of the best nutrients found in meat like beef. B vitamins help build the strength of your blood vessel walls and makes them less susceptible to turning into varicose veins. If you eat a diet high in B vitamins, you’ll be less likely to need varicose vein treatment. Low iron levels have been linked to the formation of blood clots, one of the leading causes of varicose veins. You can keep your iron levels high eating black-eyed peas.
Black-eyed peas are also very high in soluble fiber. This has a two pronged positive health effect if you want to stave off varicose veins. First, it has the effect of lowering your post meal blood sugar level, even if you happen to eat a piece of pecan pie for dessert! It is well known that high blood sugar damages blood vessels. Second, this soluble fiber binds with cholesterol and escorts it out of the body, without it attaching to your blood vessels!
Tips On How To Cook Black-eyed Peas
Canned black eyed peas contain a high sodium content so it’s best to start with dried black-eyed peas so you can control your salt intake. This is especially important for those with edema (leg swelling) associated with varicose veins and for those who have undergone varicose vein treatment recently and are wearing compression stockings to control edema. Dried black-eyed peas also have more nutrients per cup than canned black-eyed peas. For example, one-half cup of canned black-eyed pears has about 1.2 milligrams of iron. On the other hand, one-half cup of cooked dried black-eyed peas has about 2.2 milligrams of iron.
Simmer your black-eyed peas slowly for the perfect texture of both the bean and the juice. You can eat them as a side or turn them into the main attraction at meal time. Black-eyed peas make a wonderful soup too. Just add more water and some vegetables like onion, garlic, celery, carrot, kale, or cabbage. Aromatic herbs like thyme and rosemary also taste wonderful in a black-eyed pea soup, filling your whole house with a blissful aroma. Some people turn mashed or blended black-eyed peas into a delicious hummus too! You can eat this will corn chips, flat bread, or really any other way you’d eat hummus.
Now, What About Cabbage?
If you look up “Healthiest Foods” in any type of health book or on the internet, there’s a very good chance you’ll see “Brassicas” (cruciferous vegetables) listed right at the top. Cabbage is a star Brassica, along with kale, broccoli, cauliflower, mustard greens, turnips, etc. Cabbage is also a very popular varicose vein treatment home remedy. Each of these tiny little beans is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals that are known to strengthen veins and ward off infection and inflammation.
You can also use raw cabbage as a poultice for swollen throbbing varicose veins and leg ulcers. The cabbage is chopped finely or pulverized in the food processor. Then it is mixed with just enough warm water to form a paste. You then apply it to the area that is hurting for one to two hours and simply wash it off in the shower afterward. The high sulfur content of cabbage helps to heal any infection and keep down inflammation before it spreads. The cabbage poultice also helps to reduce leg swelling.
Call Metro Vein Centers For an Appointment In the New Year
No matter how healthy you eat, or how much you exercise, it is still possible to develop varicose veins. This is especially true if they run in your family, in which case varicose vein treatment may be part of your genetic destiny. The only way to know for sure whether or not you need varicose vein treatment is to set up an appointment at Metro Vein Centers to have a duplex (doppler) ultrasound scan done.
The duplex ultrasound procedure is completely harmless and should only take about thirty minutes so it could even be done on a lunch break or before work if you have an appointment. This test will find any blood clots or physical abnormalities in your veins and vein veins. It will also show if the flow of blood is partially blocked and or flowing the wrong way.