Popeye Was Right: Spinach Health Benefits Uncovered

Nutrition Tips

Did you know that spinach, the edible flowering plant that gave Popeye muscles is considered to be better for your eyes than carrots?

Reasons you should eat spinach more often:

  • The World’s healthiest food: ranking excellent in many vitamins and minerals spinach is considered as one of the healthiest foods on earth. It is jam packed with excellent levels of magnesium, iron, vitamin B2, B6, K, E, pre-vitamin A, folate, calcium, potassium, manganese and copper, making it a great all-rounder for health and vitality.
  • Promotes eye health: Its lush dark green colour shows that spinach is loaded with the phytonutrients chlorophyll and health promoting carotenoids. Both are very important for eye health and may help prevent eye diseases such as cataracts.
  • Heart health: spinach contains high levels of nitrates which may help regulate blood pressure levels which should lead to improved heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Immune boosting: as an excellent source of pre-vitamin A and vitamin C, spinach can help keep your immune system strong and ready to fight against harmfully bacteria and viruses.
  • The bottom line – always eat your spinach!

What’s the best way to prepare spinach:

Surprisingly, spinach is one vegetable that benefits from being lightly cooked. Sautéing or steaming it for 1 minute makes some of the nutrients more absorbable by the body. However, I do enjoy eating spinach raw for variety. I either chuck it into a salad or pop a few handfuls into my breakfast smoothie, the spinach tastes is so mild you will hardly know it’s there. Search “Spinach” on Conscious Vegan website to find delicious recipes!

 

 

 

 

References

Bryan, N.S. and Ivy, J.L. (2015) ‘Inorganic nitrite and nitrate: Evidence to support consideration as dietary nutrients’, Nutrition Research, 35(8), pp. 643–654. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2015.06.001.

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Pauling, L. (2017) Carotenoids. Available at: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/carotenoids (Accessed: 6 March 2017).