Health and beauty benefits of spinach

Health benefits of spinach

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a wonderful green leaf vegetable, a super food dense in vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and one of the favorite ingredients of chefs all around the world. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A … vitamin B2. The spinach leaves which are pale in color tend to have more vitamin C than the dark ones. It is well known for its nutritional qualities and cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits.

The mighty spinach with its ability to restore energy levels, improve vitality of the body and quality of the blood is going to help you with: asthma, age-related macular degeneration, high blood pressure, cataracts, bone health, atherosclerosis, constipation, bone mineralization, diabetes, oral cancers, memory and mental clarity.

3 Interesting facts about spinach

1

Fresh spinach is the king

These crisp green leaves are most nutritious just after they’ve been picked and they lose their nutritional value with each passing day. That’s why it is a great thing to grow your own spinach and you should freeze it while it’s still fresh and full of nutritious if you want it to last a long time and not to turn limp.

2

Caution, spinach may cause kidney stones

After consumption of spinach some predisposed individuals may develop kidney stones due to high content of oxalate, a compound that is naturally present in many foods.

3

Popeye was wrong

During the depression era this cartoon character who use spinach as a source of power is responsible for increase of spinach consumption, but he didn’t realise that most of the mighty iron in spinach can’t be used by the body.

Improve your eye health naturally

One of the best ways to improve your eyesight naturally is to include spinach in your diet, because spinach is a rich source of beta carotene, antioxidants lutein and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eye health. Beta carotene from spinach can prevent suffering from itching eyes and eye ulcers, and antioxidants from the spinach may protect your eyes from the damage caused by sunlight.

Healthy blood pressure diet

Research into high blood pressure shows that blood pressure can be reduced by eating foods with high content of potassium, (calcium and magnesium) and a low content of sodium, just like the spinach.

Building stronger bones

When it comes to building strong bones, Vitamin K is one of the key nutrients that are increasing bone density or even reverse osteoporosis. Thanks to its rich content of vitamin K, spinach has the ability to improve your bone health, even if you’re older.

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Energy boosting spinach smoothie

1/2 cup spinach leaves
1 banana
1 cup soy milk
Few almonds
Blend all ingredients and drink cold. Taste is delicious, body gets the ‘fuel’ and general health benefits are numerous.

energy boosting spinach smoothie remedy

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