Why You Should Be Eating More Spinach
When you think of spinach, you immediately conjure up an image of Popeye the sailor man and you start to wonder if it was just cartoon “antics” or is there really something about spinach that made him ready to get in to a fight over his lady love, Olive Oyl with Bluto – his enemy.
Popeye for sure knew what he was doing when he would pop open a can of spinach and gobble it right up to get superhuman strength – because that’s what spinach does. Okay not literally giving you superhuman strength but yeah, it can definitely be given points for being so full of goodness that it promotes great health.
Believed to be of a Persian origin, spinach had become a favorite amongst the Europeans by the 12th century and was much talked about for its health benefits. And it’s not just talk either because spinach is actually packed with tons of vitamins and minerals.
Take a look at just what one cup of spinach can provide you with in the form of nutrition.
- A single cup of spinach only contains 7 calories
- Contains 141 mg of Vitamin A
- 145 mg of Vitamin K
- 1 gram of protein
- 1 gram of fiber
- 1 gram of carbohydrates
- 4 mg of Vitamin C
- 8 mg of Iron
- 24 mg of Magnesium
- 30 mg of Calcium
- 167 g of Potassium
- 8 mg of iron
Spinach and Your Health
When you combine all these vitamins, minerals and iron you are sure to get a vegetable that will maintain good health and body. That said, let’s take a look at few of the benefits that you can reap just by including spinach in your diet.
- Known to be a good source of beta-carotene, xanthenes and lutein, spinach is known to extremely beneficial for eyesight. It not only improves eyesight but also prevent dry eyes, itching eyes, Vitamin A deficiency and even eye ulcers.
- Spinach contains alpha-lipoic acid that has been shown to effectively lower the glucose levels in the body along with preventing oxidative stress-induced changes and increasing insulin sensitivity.
- It has been found that those who consume greater amounts of spinach are at lower risk for developing asthma.
- With spinach being high in potassium, it has been recommended to people with a high blood pressure since it reduces the effects of sodium in the body.
- Vitamin K is essential for good health since it improves the absorption of calcium in the body. Spinach, being a rich source of Vitamin K is known to promote good bone health.
- Iron is extremely important if you want good hair and skin. Spinach is a good source of iron, therefore has been known to promote hair growth and keep the skin looking fresh and young.
While most people avoid eating leafy green vegetables in raw form, there are several different ways you can include spinach in your daily intake. By adding it in your salad, soups, pastas or even casseroles is a good way to add spinach to the diet.