by Niki Kefala
If you loved Popeye as a kid (or even a grown up) then you probably learned to love spinach as much as the famed sailor.
This green, leafy vegetable is great for your health and now you will learn the reason. Spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is important for maintaining bone health; vitamin A, in the form of carotenoids; B1, B2, B6, C and E, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium and potassium. You need more? It is a very good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, zinc, protein, and choline. However the most perfect thing about spinach is that it is low in calories.
Spinach is full with antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. The antioxidants work to keep cholesterol from oxidizing. In addition, folate is good for a healthy cardiovascular system. Arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine headaches, and asthma, may be helped because of the anti-inflammatory properties in spinach. Also, Lutein in spinach, is protective against eye diseases such as age-related cataracts.
Most of the flavonoid and carotenoid nutrients found in spinach that provide anti-inflammatory benefits, provide antioxidant benefits as well. Given the fact that spinach is an excellent source of other antioxidant nutrients, as well as a very good source of the antioxidant zinc and a good source of the antioxidant selenium, it’s no wonder that spinach helps lower risk of numerous health problems.
As we all know spinach is an excellent source of iron. Iron plays a central role in the function of red blood cells -which help in transporting oxygen around the body- in energy production and DNA synthesis. So what more benefits could you want to put spinach in your diet? Eat this green superfood and be as smart and strong as Popeye!