Nutrition of Spinach
Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants. The calcium content is good for bones. The A and C vitamins plus the fiber, folic acid, magnesium and other nutrients help control cancer, especially colon, lung and breast cancers. Another benefit is folate, your friend that, lowers the amount of homocysteine [a protein that damages arteries] in your blood.
Helps in prevention
So spinach also helps protect against heart disease. The flavonoids help protect against age related memory loss. The secret weapon, lutein, makes it one of the best foods in the world to prevent cataracts, as well as age related macular degeneration, the leading cause of preventable blindness in the elderly.
“The next time you want a salad, make it with fresh (thoroughly washed) spinach and imagine how healthy your body will be.“
A little extra information
Did you know Lenexa, KS is considered the “spinach capital of the world”?
“It may play a role in the prevention of cancer, cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration, and the degeneration of the immune and neurological systems.” an excerpt from drugs.com‘s “usage of spinach”
Vitamin C offers more than you might think
Most of us think of vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) as an immune booster, but let us look a bit deeper into this wonderful vitamin. Did you know that Vitamin C can slash your risk of heart attack and stroke?
It promotes healthy arteries by increasing your body’s production of collagen, which is a “reinforcement molecule” ascorbic acid also promotes healthy gums by supporting your connective tissue. Thereby lowering our risk of heart trouble. Because our body’s cannot make this vitamin and can not store it either, we lose it every time we void.
Here is a list of the top 10 foods that have the highest levels of ascorbic acid.
- Hot Chili Peppers
- Bell Peppers
- Raw Kale
“Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It may not be the cure for the common cold
(though it’s thought to help prevent more serious complications). But the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin
wrinkling.” [Courtesy of WebMD
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So on that note I will encourage you to go right out and get a fresh dose of this vitamin right away!