Spinach

Spinach is a nutritional goldmine! Some of the key nutrients in spinach include, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, folic acid, and iron. Since spinach contains oxalic acid (a compound that can affect the body’s ability to absorb calcium and other minerals), serving spinach with orange slices or freshly squeezed lemon, will actually increase the absorption of many minerals.

 

Benefits:

  • Rich in iron. Iron helps to produce hemoglobin, which produces oxygen into the red blood cells. 
  • It is a good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), which helps the body cope with stress. 
  • It is beneficial for people with juvenile onset diabetes, due its manganese content.  
  • The calcium and magnesium content help build strong bones and teeth and also help lower blood pressure
  • It is a good source of fiber and helps flush toxins out of the colon.
  • Good for digestion, as it helps relieve constipation and also protects the mucus lining of the stomach. 
  • Helps prevent birth defects due to its folate content.  
  • Studies have shown that it can help protect against cancer due to its high antioxidant content.
  • The high antioxidant content can also help reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress can accelerate aging and increase the risk of cancer and diabetes.