Scientific Name: Spinacia Pleracea
Health Benefits of Spinach:
- Helps protect brain from premature aging by preventing the harmful effects of oxidation in the brain.
- Prevent premature aging of skin because the plant is efficient in the process of regenerating epidermis.
- Spinach juice can help relieve even the most severe cases of constipation. To accomplish this drink 1 glass of juice first thing in the morning.
- Spinach juice is also good for depression and fatigue.
- Contains choline and inositol, substances that help to prevent atherosclerosis or thickening and hardening of arteries.
- Spinach and alfalfa help stabilize blood sugar among diabetics. Make a drink by getting several handful of spinach, add 3 cups of water. Place over low heat for one hour. Then strain. Take ½ cup twice a day.
- Good source of Vitamin K which aids in clotting of blood.
- Good source of protein.
- Rich in beta carotene, the plant source of vitamin A which may help prevent cancers of the lungs, breast and prostate.
- One of the richest dietary sources of lutein and zeaxanthin – antioxidants that prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Good source of folate, which can prevent severe type of anemia.
- Rich in magnesium, which helps normalize blood pressure and help prevent fatigue.
- Rich in potassium and low in sodium. This composition of minerals is very beneficial for high blood pressure patients as potassium lowers and sodium raises the blood pressure.
Nutrient Content of Spinach: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 9,420 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .11 mg.;
- Riboflavin: .20 mg.;
- Niacin: .6 mg.
- Vitamin C: 59 mg.
- Good source of Vitamin K: amount undetermined.
- Calcium: 81 mg
- Iron: 3.0 mg.
- Phosphorus: 55 mg.
- Potassium: 470 mg.
- Carbohydrates: 3.2 gm.
- Protein: 2.3 gm.
- Calories: 20
How to Prepare and Cook Spinach:
- To clean the spinach submerge it in a bowl of tap water for at least 5 minutes to let the dirt fall to the bottom, then remove and rinse the leaves.
- Spinach should be cooked in a steamer with very little or no added water other than that clinging to the leaves after washing. Cook for no more than 10 minutes.
Side Effects of Spinach:
- On the negative side, the nutritional benefits of spinach are somewhat offset by its high concentration of oxalic acid (compound that reduces iron and calcium absorption). Absorption can be increased by eating spinach with other foods that are rich in vitamin C.
- The consumption of spinach is not indicated for people who suffer from hepatitis, rheumatism, gastric and intestinal inflammations, or for people who are on a low salt diet.
“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @19:30”