The health benefits of spinach are numerous and its ability to help prevent disease is well known. So it’s no surprise that you’ll find spinach at the top of many super food lists. Spinach and other dark leafy greens like kale, collards, swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy are loaded with calcium, folic acid, vitamin K and iron.
Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids. Add its lutein and bioflavanoids and spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. The calcium content in spinach (and other dark leafy greens) strengthens bones.
The A and C vitamins in spinach plus the fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients help control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Folate also lowers the blood levels of something called homocysteine, a protein that damages arteries. So spinach also helps protect against heart disease.
The flavonoids in spinach help protect against age related memory loss.
Spinach’s secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly. Foods rich in lutein are also thought to help prevent cancer.
As you can see, the health benefits of spinach are numerous. The vitamins and calcium, combined with the overall nutritional value make this vegetable and its dark leafy green cousins top picks for healthy food choices.
Fresh or frozen, add greens to your food menu as often as you can.
How to Get More Spinach in your Diet:
- Add spinach to lasagna to up the nutrient content of this tasty comfort food
- Add spinach to your favorite vegetable soup recipe
- Sauté spinach with a bit of garlic for a tasty super food combination. Try it on top of a baked potato.
- Make quick and easy spinach dips to eat with crunchy raw vegetables and whole grain breads like pumpernickel, and enjoy the health benefits of spinach while you nibble on your favorite veggies
- Use fresh spinach instead of lettuce to add a twist to your favorite sandwiches
- Add spinach to omelets and frittatas
- Add spinach to your next protein shake
- Make spinach a staple for all meals (substitute for a bed of rice)
Don’t be afraid to go green, the benefits are endless!
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