Benefits of Spinach
- This is a very
nutrient-dense food. Its low in calories yet very high
in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. When you consume this
healthy food, you dont need to worry about your weight-loss
diet as you take in abundant, good-for-you nutrients.
This leafy green is an excellent source of vitamin K,
vitamin A, magnesium, folate, manganese,
iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B2, potassium, and vitamin B6.
Its a very good source of protein, phosphorus, vitamin E, zinc,
fiber, and copper. Plus, its a good source of selenium,
niacin, and omega-3
- One of the benefits of spinach is
that this green is readily available, nearly all over the
world. Even though, with its abundant nutrient profile, it sounds
like an amazing super food, its still easy to find in the
market or easy to grow. In addition, its affordable.
- This is a versatile food. It
can be eaten raw in a salad (and is much more nutritious than
iceberg lettuce) or a green
smoothie. Or it can be cooked (lightly, please) and eaten as a
dish on its own or added to soups and other dishes. If boiling,
use the least amount of water possible for the shortest time.
- Spinach is loaded with flavonoids
which act as antioxidants,
protecting the body from free radicals. Researchers have
discovered at least 13 different flavonoid
compounds that act as anti-cancer substances. The various
nutrients offer much in the way of disease protection.
Remember Popeye? He squeezed those cans of spinach into
his mouth and instantly developed muscles and super strength. Well,
he also may have been protecting himself against various illnesses
- Another of the benefits of spinach
is that this is a heart-healthy food. Its an
outstanding source of vitamins C and A which are antioxidants that
help reduce free radical amounts in the body. The antioxidants
work to keep cholesterol from oxidizing. In addition, folate
is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, as well as magnesium,
a mineral that helps to lower high blood pressure.
health can be guarded by
eating more of this food. The beta-carotene and vitamin C work to
protect the cells of the bodys colon from the harmful
effects of free radicals. Also, DNA damage and mutations in colon
cells may be prevented by the folate thats present in this green
- Some conditions that are identified
such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and asthma,
may be helped because of the anti-inflammatory properties
of some of the nutrients found in spinach.
- Studies have shown
that consumption of green leafy vegetables such as spinach may
slow the age-related decline in brain function. So, eat your
greens and keep working those crossword puzzles to keep your
brain young and agile.
- Have you heard of lutein? Its a carotenoid
found in spinach that is protective against eye diseases
such as age-related cataracts and macular degeneration. There is
some indication that it might be absorbed better if you eat it
with a little fat, such as a small amount of olive oil, or the
food that youre eating it with may contain some fat.
- The mineral iron is particularly
important for menstruating women and growing children and
adolescents. In comparison to red meat, spinach provides a lot
less calories, is fat and cholesterol free, and an excellent
source of iron. Because iron is a component of hemoglobin,
which carries oxygen to all body cells, its needed for good