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Wednesday, 08 February 2012 13:12

The Awesome Benefits Of Spinach

Think of spinach and the first thing that comes to our mind is Popeye, the famous cartoon character, who derives his super might and strength from a can of spinach.

This could be because the vibrant green leafy spinach with its innumerable health and beauty benefits is considered the ultimate super food of man.

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Various  Benefits Of Spinach

Nutrient Dense

With an array of active substances, this nutrient dense food, with its rich source of Vitamins A, C, E, K, B2, B6, magnesium, manganese, folate betaine, iron, calcium, potassium folic acid and copper is indispensible for the human body.

Anti Cancerous

Loaded with flavonoids that act as antioxidants spinach protects the body from free radicals that act as anti cancerous agents. The glyconutrients, lead to self-destruction of the cancerous cells, inhibiting the growth of tumour. Therefore, it is effective against cancers of the lung, prostate, colon, ovaries, breast, and the liver.

Brain Food

The flavonoids in spinach act as an excellent brain tonic and keep it young and agile. Since it protects the brain from free radicals, it delays age related cognitive decline. It promotes healthy nervous system and prevents Alzheimer’s and Parkinson disease.

Heart Health

The potassium, folate, and magnesium substances in spinach help regulate blood pressure. The magnesium content helps prevent Diabetes. The lutein choline and inositol prevents hardening of the arteries resulting in atherosclerosis. CO-Q10, a component found in spinach prevents coronary heart disease, heart failure, and hypertension in addition to adjusting the cholesterol levels in the body.

Anti-inflammatory

Due to the presence of substances such as violaxanthin and neoxanthin, spinach has the natural ability to reduce inflammatory conditions, like arthritis, asthma, migraine, and osteoporosis.

Immune system

Since its rich in iodine, spinach strengthens the immune system. It also provides nutrition to the white blood cells that help ward off infection in the body. Spinach heals wounds faster and its juice combined with that of carrot juice stops bleeding of gums.

Digestive Tract

An excellent Cleanser, the fibre rich spinach is effective for people suffering from digestive disorders. It prevents colon cancer and chronic constipation by protecting the mucus membranes of the stomach lining. Apart from preventing stomach ulcers, it also has the ability to eliminate parasites from the intestines.

Sparkling Eyes

Lutein, a carotenoid in spinach, is excellent for fighting eye diseases. This component prevents the breakdown of retina, a main cause for age related macular degeneration, leading to blindness. It also protects the eyes from the harsh UV rays of the sun, preventing cataracts. Apart from this, it helps prevent night blindness, eye ulcerations, burning itching dry eyes and keeps the eyes sparkling and healthy.

Strong Bones

The presence of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Calcium, zinc copper and phosphorous along with magnesium promotes bone health. These properties help retain calcium in the bones, leading to bone mineralisation, which is one of the major factors for developing bone strength.

Pregnancy

Spinach with extra Folate is vital for the development of the baby’s nervous system and lungs. A deficiency in folate can cause complications in the baby such as cleft palate and spina bifida. The extra Vitamin A is also highly beneficial for lactating mothers.

Anaemia

Loaded with iron, spinach is excellent for growing children, adolescents premenstruating, and postmenopausal women.

Hair

Rich in omega 3 fatty acids and sulphur, spinach prevents hair loss and increases hair attractiveness.

Skin

Spinach protects the skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun and helps repair skin abnormalities and damage. It is also an excellent source for enriching complexion, therefore used widely in ayurvedic preparations.

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