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Spinach Is a Superfood

Updated on April 16, 2017

Spinach Meaning

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) belongs to the goosefoot family. This annual plant, which is native to southwest Asia, is rich in many essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. Spinach promotes excellent health; Popeye was not a fool.

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Spinach Nutrition: Cup (~180 g) of Cooked Spinach Contains:

Nutrient
% DV
Vitamin K
987
Vitamin A
105
Manganese
84
Folate
66
Magnesium
39
Iron
36
Copper
34
Vitamin B2
32
Vitamin B6
26
Vitamin E
25
Calcium
24
Vitamin C
24
Potassium
24
Fiber
17
Vitamin B1
14
Phosphorus
14
Zinc
12
Protein
11
Choline
8
Omega-3 fats
7
Vitamin B3
6
Selenium
5
Pantothenic acid
5
One cup of cooked spinach has 41 calories; GI is very low.

7 Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a versatile leafy vegetable. Here are seven spinach benefits.

Good for the Eyes

Powerhouse antioxidants beta carotene, xanthene and lutein in spinach keep your eyes healthy. Spinach prevents glaucoma, eye ulcers, eye irritation, itchy eyes, puffiness and dry eyes. A research study conducted in Oak Ridge National Laboratory indicates that spinach prevents age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in people above the age of 60 years.

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Prevents Cancer

Fiber, folate, carotenoids, flavonoids and saponins in spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables reduce the risk of various cancers, including the cancers of the larynx, pharynx and mouth. Carotenoids inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

According to American Institute for Cancer Research's second expert report, Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective, foods containing carotenoids probably protect against pharynx cancer, larynx cancer and mouth cancer.

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Prevents Asthma

Spinach is loaded with asthma preventing nutrients like magnesium, beta carotene, vitamin C, fibre, folate and vitamin E.

Promotes Skin Health

Spinach contains nutrients like vitamin C, which repair skin cells. Vitamin C is critical to the production of collagen, a protein used to make new skin cells.

It's better to get the nutrients for healthy skin from food, not supplements. Salmon, walnuts, blueberries, spinach... lots of my favorite foods happen to be amazing for skin too.

— Gail Simmons

Lowers Blood Pressure

Fiber rich spinach is a low calorie food. Folate, potassium and magnesium in spinach prevent hypertension.

Prevents Obesity

Thylakoid, a compound in spinach, reduces food cravings between meals and prevents obesity. This is as per a study conducted on a test group of 15 people.

Prevents Hair Fall

Iron deficiency is one of the main causes of hair fall. Vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and protein in spinach keep your hair strong, healthy and luscious. This amazing dark green leafy vegetable contains sebum, which is a natural conditioner.

Summary

  • Spinach is a low GI food.
  • Spinach prevents dry eyes.
  • Spinach inhibits growth of cancer cells.
  • Spinach keeps your skin and hair healthy.
  • Spinach prevents asthma.

Popeye was right about spinach: dark green, leafy vegetables are the healthiest food on the planet. As whole foods go, they offer the most nutrition per calorie.

— Michael Greger

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      SA 10 days ago from United States

      Great article :) I eat spinach once in a while. I do eat romaine lettuce a lot thought :)

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