Health Benefits of Spinach - It's a Super Food for Certain!

By Christian Goodman

"Eat your spinach so you can be strong like Popeye!" While still a child, I couldn't quite put my finger on it but now as an adult, I understand - my mother and the cartoon creator were part of a propaganda conspiracy towards children.

What I also didn't realize then is just how amazing the health benefits of spinach are. Spinach is at the top of the super foods list for a reason.

Just take a look at all of the nutrients provided in spinach: vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin C, iron, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), potassium, calcium, vitamin E, dietary fiber, folic acid, carotenoids, lutein, omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B1 (thiamin), vitamin B3 (niacin), phosphorus, zinc and the list goes on!

The following vitamins and nutrients have been recognized long back that they have the power to fight against cancer, especially lung, breast and colon cancers. We shall start with vitamins A, C, folic acid, dietary fiber and magnesium and see why these are important to health.

Before most women even realize that they are pregnant that is in the first two weeks of pregnancy some birth deficiencies do happen. These deficiencies are promptly prevented by folic acid. This is very important as half of the pregnancies around the world are unprepared.

Vitamin A and C are also excellent antioxidants. They actually help prevent the ability of cholesterol to stick to artery walls, which allows for better blood and oxygen flow to the major organs including the heart and brain, thus preventing heart attacks and stroke.

Migraine attacks can also be avoided by a component called riboflavin in spinach. Cataracts can be prevented by a substance called Lutein and this can be found in spinach. There is abundant calcium in spinach and this helps to prevent against osteoporosis by increasing bone strength.

A recent study has shown that ingesting 3 servings of dark leafy greens like spinach (kale, collards, Swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy are also nutrient rich like spinach) per day helped ward of age related memory loss and mental decline by up to 40%!

At only 40 calories per cup (uncooked), and with more than twice the fiber than regular lettuce, this is a salad which will fill you up. Weight loss and toned muscles can be achieved by the iron content in spinach. This will give more energy and lead to more physical activities.

Spinach is full of flavor when cooked and can be added to foods for taste. Unlike the cartoon character Popeye spinach is best eaten uncooked. This will retrieve the nutrients in spinach.

To fulfill the dietary need, spinach can be added to Pasta dishes, lasagna and soups

I can recommend my Blood Pressure program and my Weight Loss Breeze program. If you have any concerns about your health apart from adding spinach to you diet. These programs are easy to follow, more importantly it work and it's all natural.

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