Health Benefits of Spinach

Beneficial to:

  • Immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Reproductive system
  • Skin, hair and eyes

Vitamins: folic acid, vitamin C, E and K, folate, beta carotene and chlorophyll

Minerals: potassium, calcium, iron, sodium, sulphur

Thanks to Popeye, everyone is aware of spinach’s high iron content, yet most don’t know that this iron is not so easy for the body to assimilate because of the high oxalic acid content. Nevertheless, spinach is a good combination of protein, carbohydrate and fibre and has a wide range of health giving and protective nutrients.

Spinach contains many antioxidant flavonoid, compounds that fight and protect against cancer and its high vitamin C content directly aids the absorption of minerals into the body.

The high vitamin E content of spinach prevents dryness of the skin and helps the brain from declining in mental power.

Working as a laxative and a diuretic, spinach is one of the best cleansers and regenerator of the intestinal tract. Its ability to help repair the intestinal wall helps tremendously with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Spinach’s iron and chlorophyll builds blood whilst its sulphur content helps to clean the liver and relieves herpes irritations, such as cold sores, also its vitamin A can prevent night blindness.

Spinach can be enjoyed cooked but the maximum health benefits will be reaped from its raw juice.

©Diane Brown