Spinach: Nutritional value
Vitamin B3 |Vitamin B5 | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin C | Vitamin E | Vitamin K | Beta-carotene | Biotin | Folate| Calcium | Chromium | Iodine | Iron | Magnesium | Manganese | Phosphorus | Potassium | Selenium | Sodium | Zinc | Fibre
• Good for the Heart
• Good for the Skin
Spinach: a powerhouse of nutrients.
This popular green leaf contains a powerhouse of nutrients which help protect the body from a number of degenerative diseases. Spinach contains at least 13 distinct types of flavonoid antioxidants. These are responsible for many of the health benefits that can be incurred through the frequent consumption of spinach. This wonderful leaf vegetable can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and many kinds of cancer.
Spinach is also rich in a carotenoid compound called Lutein. Lutein helps the body to guard against eye diseases that are age-related. This superfood is also fantastic for the bones – not only it contains calcium and magnesium, but also Vitamin K, which is essential in the processes of bone mineralization.
Popularised culturally as a food that makes you strong through the cartoon Popeye The Sailor (click here to watch an episode), spinach has become a recurring food on family tables. Not only it is delicious cooked, but also raw in salads and, ultimately, on juices. As with all leaves, great care should be taken when juicing spinach. Always select the lowest speed available on your juicer, and insert the leaves in between other harder ingredients. This is to make sure, if you’re juicing with a centrifugal juicer (which is what we use most of the time), that the leaves don’t just bounce off the blades straight into the disposal chamber…
Most of the information used for this article was found online and also on the book The Top 100 Healing Foods: 100 Foods to Relieve Common Ailments and Enhance Health and Vitality (The Top 100 Recipes Series), by Paula Bartimeus. Available from Amazon.