Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Benefits of Spinach

Nutritional breakdown of spinach
One cup of raw spinach contains 27 calories, 0.86 grams of protein, 30 milligrams of calcium, 0.81 grams of iron, 24 milligrams of magnesium, 167 milligrams of potassium, 2813 IUs of Vitamin A and 58 micrograms of folate.

Spinach Benefits

Spinach has more potassium then bananas!

Spinach is a great non-heme source of iron, to help give you more energy.

Spinach is also a good source or magnesium. Magnesium aids in  energy metabolism, maintaining proper muscle and nerve function, a normal heart rhythm, and helps to maintain a healthy immune system. 

Spinach contains an antioxidant known as alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. 

Spinach aids in lowering blood pressure because of it's high potassium content.

Spinach contains Vit K which helps to keep your bones strong and healthy.

Spinach is high in fiber and water content, both of which help to prevent constipation and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Spinach is high in vitamin A. Vitamin A is necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

The Negative Side of Spinach

Spinach does contain oxalates. Oxalic acid is an organic compound that occurs naturally in plants, animals and in humans. It is made by the human body from other substances such as vitamin C. It can also be ingested from food and readily combines with calcium, which can form into kidney stones in certain susceptible people. Oxalates can also be found in chocolate, chard, cashews, beets and many other foods as well.  You must weigh the risks of kidney stones against the benefits of the nutrients that spinach offers.

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1 comment:

  1. Spinach is my favorite vegetable. I can eat Spinach every day without getting bored. Spinach and Goji berries are two things in my life from which I can't get bored.

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