The Health Benefits of Spinach

In this post I wanted to share some of the health benefits of spinach. IMG_20140315_140037_070 When I was growing up Popeye was sort of a spokesman for spinach.  Popeye would pop open a can of spinach and could then take on the bad guy and would always win.  Spinach may not make you like Popeye, but spinach does have many health benefits.  Check out the list below.

Thanks goes to the website, healthdiaries.com for the great information.  As always, it is much appreciated.

1.  One cup of spinach has nearly 20% of the RDA of dietary fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

2.  Spinach is packed with flavonoids, a phytonutrient with anti-cancer properties.  Flavonoids have been shown to slow down cell division in human stomach and skin cancer cells. Furthermore, spinach has shown significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer.

3.  Neoxanthin and violaxanthin are two anti-inflammatory epoxyxanthophylls that play an important role in regulation of inflammation and are present in unusual amounts in spinach.

4.  The vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium present in spinach all serve as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.IMG_20140315_140109_861

5.  By inhibiting the angiotensin I-converting enzyme, peptides within spinach have been shown to effectively lower blood pressure.

6.  Both antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are especially plentiful in spinach and protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

7.  One cup of spinach contains over 337% of the RDA of vitamin A that not only protects and strengthens “entry points” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, but is also a key component of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) that fight infection.

8.  The high amount of vitamin A in spinach also promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis, thus fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne and even wrinkles.

9.  One cup of boiled spinach provides over 1000% of the RDA of vitamin K that can prevent excess activation of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bones), as well as promote the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein that is essential for maintaining the strength and density of our bones.

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My mom’s Spinach Bake. The recipe can be found at the first link below.

10.  The abundance of vitamin K in spinach contributes greatly to a healthy nervous system and brain function by providing an essential part for the synthesis of sphingolipids, the crucial fat that makes up the Myelin sheath around our nerves.

As you can see making spinach a part of a healthy diet has many health benefits and you owe yourself good health and well-being.

Check out these recipes using spinach.

Spinach Bake

Pesto Chicken Florentine

Spinach Enchiladas

Spinach Chicken Parmesan 

Sally’s Spinach Mashed Potatoes

 

 

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