Most people know Spinach by linking it to Popeye the sailor man, but spinach is actually an integral part of different cuisines all over the world. It is a leafy green that has even been found to have become an important part of Paleo Diets and protein diets. You don’t even have to cook it to enjoy its health benefits, but some people enjoy making chips or salads with it.
Here are some of the wonderful health benefits of Spinach that peoples should be more aware of:
Anti-cancer and Anti-Inflammation
More than a dozen different types of flavonoid compounds have been found in spinach, and these all function as both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. The risk between cancers such as prostate cancer has been linked to a lower amount of vegetable intake. Spinach was then shown to have a considerable improvement in terms of the protection against aggressive prostate cancer.
Beta Carotene that is found in many vegetables has been linked to good eyesight. Spinach not only contains Beta Carotene, but also includes lutein and xanthene which are good for eyesight. It is especially beneficial for those who have vitamin A deficiency, eye ulcers, dry eyes and even itchy eyes. The anti-oxidants in Spinach can also help fight and flush away free radicals in the body that end up impacting vision negatively and causing glaucoma and AMD.
AMD i.e. Age related Macular Degeneration
This is also known as Retinitis pigmentosa and is also known for being the cause of blindness. The degeneration of lutein and xanthene, which form a large part of the retina, are related to this condition. Spinach contains both lutein and xanthene and can be effective in lessening risks of AMD.
Potassium, anti-oxidants and folate etc. found in Spinach have been linked to neurobiological benefits for those that consume them on a regular basis. Folate can help reduce Alzheimer’s risks which is why Spinach is a good dietary staple. Potassium increases blood flow to the brain and is also linked to healthier brain activity and neurobiological benefits.
Ace for maintaining blood pressure
Spinach is one of the best to maintain blood pressure. It is renowned for its high potassium content and a low sodium content. This combination of minerals works amazingly well for people suffering from high blood pressure. This is because potassium has been found to lower blood pressure. Low sodium content means spinach doesn't contribute to raising blood pressure.
The folate in spinach also plays a huge part in reducing things like hypertension, while maintaining blood flow. By reducing the blood pressure and relaxing the arteries, you can reduce the stress your cardiovascular system and increase the flow of oxygen to your vital organs. This helps in increasing the flow in which your body functions.
C0-Q10, which is an antioxidant found in spinach, plays an important role in strengthening muscles, especially the muscles in your heart. This helps overburdened heart muscles relax after pumping blood continuously to all of your body. According to the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing says that this component can be used to help and treat diseases like hyperlipidemia, heart failure, hypertension or even coronary heart disease.
In a nutshell:
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0.4 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0.1 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 79 mg||3%|
|Potassium 558 mg||15%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3.6 g||1%|
|Dietary fiber 2.2 g||8%|
|Sugar 0.4 g|
|Protein 2.9 g||5%|
|Vitamin A||187%||Vitamin C||46%|
|Vitamin D||0%||Vitamin B-6||10%|
|*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|
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