Spinach is one of the most versatile leafy greens. I use it in my green smoothies, as a garnish in chilled salads, to steam and sauté fresh spinach, and as an ingredient in stir fry and baked goods.
Here are the benefits of increasing our consumption of this powerful-in-guarding-against-disease food to help us stay motivated to include it in our meals and snacks.
1. Assists maintain bone density – Spinach is good for producing osteocalcin, which helps produce calcium in the bones. It also includes the necessary vitamins, but it is also a worthy cause of calcium, vitamin D, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C, critical for bone health.
2. Gives you a sharper vision and boosts your immune system – Spinach is full of carotenoids which are very beneficial for your eyesight and immune system. Lutein and zeaxanthin are both found in the macula, a region of the retina where they act as natural sunscreens. To help avoid macular degeneration, it is generally advised that people increase their intake of greens.
3. Antibacterial and antiviral – Our skin and mucous membranes benefit from spinach vitamin A. In addition, this vitamin is also responsible for creating sebum, which maintains hair healthy and moisturized. Vitamin A is essential for tissue growth, especially skin and hair. Eating plenty of veggies is recommended to help prevent hair loss and infections.
4. Encourages a healthy heart – The amount of lutein present in spinach decreases the risk of heart attacks. In addition, it also contains nitrite, which helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and fatty infiltration of the heart muscle induced by dietary fat buildup.
5. Enables you to stay energetic – Magnesium is abundant in spinach, which gives you energy for everyday activities. One of the many essential nutrients in spinach is folate, which helps your body turn food into usable energy. Green vegetables are alkaline foods, and their alkalizing effect may help you remain energetic throughout the day.