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. However, there are plenty other good reasons why we should be consuming more of it:
Spinach is a great combination of protein, carbohydrate and fibre and has a wide range of health giving and protective nutrients. Eating plenty of vegetables is essential for our health as they provide the body with essential vitamins and minerals and powerful anti-oxidants that, amongst many other things, slow the effects of ageing down and fight off disease. It is recommended that we have 5 a day but for maximum health we should have at least twice that amount. Including spinach into our diet is an excellent way to easily notch-up our daily nutrient quota.
The high vitamin E content of spinach prevents dryness of the skin and helps the brain from declining in mental power. Any fruit of vegetable with good amounts of vitamin E will help keep the skin elastic and youthful.
Spinach is Beneficial to the following:
- Immune system
- Nervous system
- Reproductive system
- Skin, hair and eyes
Vitamins Contained: folic acid, vitamin C, E and K, folate, beta carotene and chlorophyll
Minerals Contained: potassium, calcium, iron, sodium, sulphur
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.
So there you have it, plenty of reasons why we should all include more spinach into our diet.