Why you should be eating spinach?
Spinach, the favorite vegetable of Catherine de Medici, queen of France in the mid-16th century, is a food loaded with nutrients in a small package.
It’s one of the best sources of potassium (there is 1.5 times more potassium in spinach than in a banana) and a great source of iron. This is why the famous cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man used it to gain muscles and power to fight his archrival Bluto. Furthermore, most of its few calories come from protein!
Spinach is also one of the best sources of magnesium, used by the body to maintain blood pressure levels and a healthy immune system. That’s why people with digestive disorders, older people, and patients on antibiotics or diuretics should consume more of this vegetable.
The many health benefits of spinach:
Thanks to its high vitamin A content, spinach is great for those who appreciate healthy skin and hair. Vitamin A is necessary for their growth as well as for building and maintaining collagen structures in other body tissues.
Spinach is also high in vitamin K. Vitamin K is associated with a lower risk of bone fracture because it acts as a modifier of bone matrix protein.
Some carotenoid pigments found in spinach, the isomers lutein and zeaxanthin, promote healthy vision. The two molecules absorb blue light, which is why they are considered effective at preventing excess doses of blue light from reaching sensible structures in the eyes. This absorptive phenomenon protects eyes from light-induced oxidative damage and prevents the development of age-related macular degeneration.
Last but not least, spinach contains greater than average levels of alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant that helps lower glucose levels and increases insulin sensitivity in patients with diabetes.