Eat More Spinach… Here’s Why

 

Why would anyone want to eat spinach?

Well, it is a super food and if you’re not convinced you can eat mouthfuls of this every day, then rest assured spinach is flexible, full of nutrition, and can taste good with a little seasoning.

With a little imagination you can add this super food to your daily meals. Whether you use a salad dressing, Sautee it, Stir-Fry it, mix it with garlic or cover it in olive oil and lemon juice you’ve got plenty of options.

A little trick can be to add spinach to a morning smoothie. Add the spinach to your favorite flavors and get the hidden benefit of a great super food.

Here is why should be eating more spinach…

  1. Rich in Antioxidants

Spinach is loaded in flavonoids, these antioxidants enhance your immune system, as well as help to fight diseases. On top of fighting disease, flavonoids in spinach can slow the signs of aging.

The dark green spinach leaves also contain antioxidants like carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, manganese, magnesium, fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

  1. Good for the Heart

Spinach is also high in potassium and low in sodium. This is a potent combination to guard against hypertension. The antioxidants in spinach also help to reduce inflammation that can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease.

Spinach has just about all the vitamins and minerals your heart needs. It has omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, B vitamins, fiber and plenty of folate a water-soluble B vitamin.

  1. Rich in Iron and Fiber.

Spinach is high in iron and helps you to feel energized. Spinach also has plenty of fiber, the fiber in spinach is soluble and insoluble fiber.  Soluble fiber slows digestion and is in oat bran, beans, lentils, peas etc… Insoluble fiber is in foods like vegetables and whole grains.

You wouldn’t call Spinach a high-fiber food, but spinach can be a great source of fiber if you eat enough of it.

Spinach raw and cooked are both fantastic sources of iron, having twice as much as other leafy greens.

  1. Easy to add to your Diet

Spinach is pretty cheap and is easy to add into meal. Spinach tastes great in a salad or sandwich, and if you cook it you can add it to soups, casseroles, and pasta’s.  You can even grind it up and put it into a smoothie

5. Reduce Hunger

Spinach helps to reduce hunger by activating satiety hormones. You can also eat spinach every time you have a sugar craving because spinach is not digested as quickly as most other foods in a western diet. Slow digestion signals to the brain that you are full reducing your appetite.

  1. Protect your eyes

It’s not just carrots that help you see in the dark. Spinach is high in lutein and lutein is known to protect the eyes from age-related degeneration. Spinach is also high in zeaxanthin which along with Lutein are found in the macula which is part of the retina. The macula acts as a sun block that helps to shield the eye from damaging light.

If you have poor eyesight or a history of eye disease, maybe you should add spinach to your meals.

7. Lowers Blood Sugar

Spinach helps lower blood sugar. Spinach and leafy greens in general help manage blood sugar. One cup of spinach gives you 6 percent of your daily requirement of magnesium and magnesium helps to manage your blood sugar.

8. Protect Your Mind  

Spinach is high in vitamin K and vitamin K has been shown to reduce cognitive decline. Studies have shown that people who regularly eat leafy green vegetables reduce the rate of cognitive decline. Leafy greens like spinach slow down the brain’s aging process with the b vitamin folate been know as boosting brain function.

9. Support male fertility.

Oxidative stress in the body can have a major effect on semen quality. Molecules found in foods like spinach have been shown to lower oxidative stress improving sperm quality.

  1. Lots of Potassium

100 grams of spinach gives you 558mg that’s 12% of your daily potassium requirement. Potassium supports bone health and helps to maintain digestive and muscular functions.

  1. Supports Recovery

Spinach has enormous amounts of vitamin K. 100grams gives you 460% of your daily requirement.

Vitamin k is vital to your body responding to injuries. It supports the body in making blood clotting proteins and it assists the movement of calcium throughout the body. Vitamin K also reduces bone loss, and reduces risk of bone fractures.

  1. Helps With Constipation

Spinach is a natural remedy filled with fiber content that aids proper digestion. It has soluble and insoluble fiber and helps to ease you through any blockage.

The insoluble fiber encourages the movement of matter through your digestive system, so it helps with constipation and digestive issues.

As an added bonus, the magnesium in spinach helps the colon contract so it draws in water to wash waste through your system

Spinach comes with a nothing but benefits. These leafy greens come packed with minerals and vitamins. From calcium to iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. From vitamin A to b vitamins, vitamin c, vitamin e, vitamin k.

From immune function to bones to heart to skin, they all benefit from adding more spinach to your diet.

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