I have tried for a good portion of my life to eat healthy & provide healthy meals for my children. My philosophy has always been to make my calories count! It is easier than you think!
The health benefits of spinach include: improved eyesight, healthy blood pressure, stronger muscles, prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, neurological benefits, bone mineralization, anti-ulcerative and anti-cancerous benefits, healthy fetal development, and boosted growth for infants.
Instead of using lettuce on a sandwich, salad- I would substitute spinach. Or you can hide it in a smoothie, quiche, really anything!
Spinach is rich with fiber,calcium, magnesium, iron & Vitamins: A, B6, B12, D, C, K.
Spinach is low in Sodium @ 24mg per cup, Potassium @ 167mg per cup.
Spinach with its very high content of potassium and a low content of sodium. This can help with high blood pressure as potassium lowers and sodium raises the blood pressure. The folate present in spinach also contributes to the reduction of hypertension and relaxes blood vessels.
Spinach is a rich source of beta-carotene, lutein, and xanthene, all of which are beneficial for eyesight. It can prevent vitamin A deficiencies, itching eyes, eye ulcers, and dry eyes. It can help slow down Macular Degeneration & with its antioxidants can help slow age-related conditions like glaucoma.
Spinach may help with atherosclerosis- A pigment called lutein that is found in spinach may help prevent heart attacks, and strokes. This is due to the fact that spinach proteins tend to reduce the cholesterol and other fat deposits in the blood vessels.
Spinach effects on the brain: Several components like potassium, folate, and various antioxidants are known to provide neurological benefits to people who regularly consume it. Folate can help reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease. Potassium has been linked to increased blood flow to the brain and heightened cognition, concentration.
There are many anti-inflammatory compounds found in spinach, there are more than a dozen, in fact!!! Spinach is one of the most powerful vegetables when it comes to reducing inflammation throughout the body. This means spinach works helping to protect the heart, it may decrease inflammation and helping to preventing cancer but also in reducing the inflammation and associated pain from conditions like arthritis and gout.
And at 7 CALORIES PER CUP, how can you not!!