Health Benefits Of Spinach

Spinach, a leafy green annual plant or vegetable that is rich in vitamins, minerals and is classified as one of the world’s most healthiest foods. Spinach is a cool weather crop that has many health benefits which we will be covering below.

The origin of spinach is often debated, but according to various text, evidence points spinach to have originated in ancient Persia which is now called Iran.

Nutritional facts of 100 g of spinach

  • Calories – 23
  • Sodium – 79 mg
  • Potassium – 558 mg
  • Total carbs – 3.6 g
  • Dietary fiber – 2.2 g
  • Protein – 2.8 g
  • Vitamin A – 187 %
  • Vitamin C – 46 %
  • Iron – 15 %
  • Vitamin B-6 – 10 %
  • Magnesium – 19 %
  • Calcium – 9 %
  • Vitamin K – 460 %
  • B9 – 49 %
  • Water – 91.4 g

Scientific name – Spinacia Oleracea

Origin – Ancient Persia( Iran )

Health benefits of spinach

There are 3 basic types of spinach, Savoy, flat leaf spinach and semi savoy, all of which are very similar in taste and nutrients. A variety of research and medical studies resign to the fact that this vegetable is extremely healthy. Consuming spinach often may help prevent, treat or even cure the following illnesses.

  • Lowers glucose levels
  • Increase insulin sensitivity
  • Prevents stress
  • Prevents types of cancers
  • Prevents asthma
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Improves bone health
  • Prevents constipation
  • Provides collagen
  • Helps prevent stroke
  • Improves brain function
  • Protects the body from free radicals
  • Keeps your colon healthy
  • Boost the immune system
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves eye health
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Helps protect the skin

Side effects of spinach

Not only are some people allergic to spinach but this healthy vegetables could cause some health problems if consumed in large quantities. Spinach is high in vitamin k ( a blood thickener that helps your body form blood clots) therefore may contradict the effect of blood thinning medications.Some of the symptoms include;

  • Kidney stones
  • Gritty teeth
  • Stomach Upset
  • Poor absorption

Facts about spinach

  • Half cup of raw spinach is equivalent to 1 of the 5 servings of fruits and vegetables you should eat a day.
  • Spinach leaves are a mild diuretic and mild laxative.
  • China is the world’s largest producer of spinach with almost 85% of global production.
  • To date spinach is still reffered to as the persia green in China.
  • Midieval artist extracted green pigment from spinach to use as ink or paint.
  • March 26 th is national spinach day in the United States.

Refrences

http://topfoodfacts.com

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com.

Advertisements