What About Spinach?

I’m sure we’ve all seen the cartoon where Popeye drinks a can of spinach to give an extra boost of strength for tasks at hand. This might actually be true because spinach has a wide range of benefits such as antioxidants that give your body that extra boost of support. Spinach comes from the same family as quinoa and beetroot (if you have not read the article on beetroot, please do have read), making them similar in taste and the nutrients and properties that they have. Another great thing about spinach is that it’s extremely versatile in they’re way it can be prepared, whether raw, sautéed, steamed or boiled, it can be an excellent addition to meals.

Getting Vitamin D from the sun or food are ways of getting in our vitamins however once it is metabolized and converted in our liver and kidneys, only then is Vitamin D in its active form. (I know right.) Vitamin D has to go through a whole process to be active in our body. Which bring me to my next question.

Iron
Spinach is a source of iron. Iron helps with the creation of hemoglobin, which brings oxygen to your body’s tissues and cells. Iron is essential in helping manage and prevent diseases such as anemia. It also works in conjunction with Vitamin C to maximize absorption in the body
 
Vitamin C
 
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that promotes health of your skin including skin such as healthy gums and helps with immune function such as preventing toxins from harming the body and fighting off viruses and bacteria. Antioxidants are important as they help fight free radicals in our body which may help in the prevention of cell overgrowths like cancer
 
Calcium
 
This is especially important for plant based people who need an extra boost of calcium and spinach can be one of those sources. Calcium is important for your bone health and density and plays a role as a signaling element for your nervous system, heart, and muscles.
 
Other important points to note about spinach is that it’s mainly made up of water, which can help boost that extra hydration for the day. All in all spinach is a powerhouse of a vegetable that has many other benefits not mentioned above, like being a source of Vitamin B9, Vitamin K, Vitamin A and many many more!
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