Why’s spinach so good for us?.. It is rich in iron. Iron plays a central role in transporting oxygen around the body, in energy production and DNA synthesis. Spinach is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as being a good source of magnesium, iron and vitamin B2. Vitamin K is important for maintaining bone health and it is difficult to find vegetables richer in vitamin K than spinach.
Beneficial for Weight Loss:
Spinach leaves help in weight reduction as it is low in calories and fat. It is very nutritious and has a good quality of fat soluble dietary fibre. This fibre aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating
Spinach is rich in vitamin K which is vital for maintaining bone health. A cup of spinach provides around 1000% of the RDA of vitamin K which lowers and controls the over activation of osteoclasts. These are the cells that aid in breaking down the bone structure over a short period of time. Spinach is a good alternative to dairy products as it gives proper substitute to calcium, thus preventing the occurrence of osteoporosis. It is an important protein diet for vegans as it helps in building the muscle tissues as well as supporting the collagen growth.
Brain and Nervous Function:
Spinach maintains proper brain functioning specially during old age. Consumption of spinach on a daily basis makes your brain young and active, thus enabling you to think intelligently. Spinach contains folate, vitamin K and vitamin C which help in modulating the hormone production of our nervous system.
Regular consumption of spinach can prevent anaemia as it is an excellent source of iron. This mineral is particularly important for menstruating women and growing children and adolescents. Iron is also needed for good energy as it is a component of haemoglobin which carries oxygen to all cells of the body.
Skin is the largest and the most sensitive organ of our body. We all crave for healthy and glowing skin as it enhances our appearance to a great extent. Thus, even our skin needs certain nutrients for maintaining its health. Green leafy vegetables are great for skin and spinach is no exception. Loaded with most useful vitamins like Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K as well as vital minerals, this vegetable plays an important role in skincare.
Combats Hair Loss:
Hair loss is often caused due to the deficiency of iron. This mineral strengthens the hair strands by enabling the blood cells to carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Deficiency of iron causes anemia which results in hair loss among other adverse effects.
If you don’t like spinach or your not too keen on it try my spinach juice for an EASY yet effective way of getting more spinach (or other green vegetables) into your daily diet. Trust me it may look a bit funky but it’s really good + when your juice up spinach it becomes tasteless, which is even better if you don’t like spinach but want to increase your green vegetable intake.
For my 80Kcal Greens Juice you will need:
100ml of Coconut Water
30-40grams of Spinach (handful or two)
60-70grams of Pineapple (1.5 pineapple fingers)
Juice of half a Lime
The blender I use is the Blend Active, you can pick one of these up for around £20 it includes the bottle and they’re brilliant, easy to use and clean. It even blends ice and frozen fruit.
Let me know if you gave it a try or have any juice recipes of your own
– Aaron McClelland
Evolve Health & Performance