Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pining for Spinach

Popeye has the right idea when he started chugging down canned spinach. And the resulting strength is not that misleading apart from the obvious exaggeration. Spinach is really good for you. If the vegetable's deep green color is not confirming enough for you, here are some nutrition facts to sink your teeth into:

Vitamin K. Few sources offer more vitamin K than spinach does. K is essential for blood clotting and bone health. Recent research shows it may also help decrease inflammation, a condition linked to a host of diseases, including Alzheimer's, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Folate. This helps prevent cancers of the cervix and lungs and works alongside vitamin B6 to protect against heart disease.

Vitamin B and C. Eating spinach can also improve your mood. Studies show that both play vital roles in the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin, which are associated with pleasure and keeping depression and anxiety under control.

Aside from being nutritious, spinach is also a palate-friendly vegetable. It's good creamed, scalloped, sautéed, or eaten raw in salads.
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1 comment:

  1. Yes, dark leafy greens will help to improve your health and is much better than eating high carb foods.