Monday, December 8, 2008
Spinach is a leafy vegetable with a whole range of excellent health benefits. It is mild flavoured, and has succulent leaves which are deep green in colour. It traces its origins back to Persia, but was cultivated widely all over Europe by the 15th century.
Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant that's been shown, among other things, to reduce the risk of developing cataracts. It fights heart disease and cancer as well.
As a dark, leafy green, spinach possesses several important phytochemicals, including lutein, which helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Spinach also contains lipoic acid, which helps antioxidant vitamins C and E regenerate. Because of its role in energy production, lipoic acid is being investigated for regulating blood sugar levels.
Spinach is a nutrition superstar, even a fairly good source of iron. It's loaded with vitamins and minerals, some of which are hard to find in other foods.
Health Benefits of Spinach:
1.Spinach contains choline and inositol, the substances that help to prevent atherosclerosis or thickening and hardening of arteries.
2.Spinach and alfalfa help stabilize blood sugar among diabetics. Make a drink by getting several handful of spinach, add 3 cups of water. Place over low heat for one hour. Then strain. Take ½ cup twice a day. Spinach and alfalfa may be served as part of the meal.
3.Spinach is loaded with flavonoid that functions as antioxidant and anti-cancer agent.
4.Spinach contains carotenoid that help fights cancer.
5.Spinach is a rich source of Vitamins C and A
6.Spinach is an anti-aging vegetable.
7.Spinach is a good source of Vitamin K, which aids in the formation of the blood substance required for clotting of blood.
So now you know why Popeye the 77-year-old sailor has no need for spectacles!