The word spinach conjures up images of the cartoon character, Popeye, gulping down a can of the green, leafy vegetable for a boost of strength.

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However, the full benefit of this powerhouse of nutrients can be realized by consuming it raw or slightly cooked rather than consuming the bland variant that comes in cans.

Nutrient Content

Spinach consists of the following nutrients:

  • Vitamins – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
  • Chlorophyll
  • Minerals – Potassium, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Calcium and Sodium
  • Beta Carotene
  • Fiber

Health Benefits

Spinach benefits the body in the following ways:

  • Strengthens bones
  • Increases the strength of the immune system.
  • Protects the eyes by preventing the formation of cataract and by guarding the retina from harmful radiations. Spinach also prevents the onset of macular degeneration.
  • The high calcium content aids in lowering blood pressure.
  • Spinach exhibits anti-cancer properties
  • Spinach has been found to be effective in preventing memory loss.

One’s skin, immunity strength, vigor and overall health are considered to benefit greatly by consuming 200 ml of the juice form of spinach and other green, leafy vegetables every day as it is hailed to be the ultimate medicine available naturally.

Disclaimer: Any advice or information provided in this page should not be seen as a substitute for medical consultation, diagnosis or treatment. Your family physician knows better about your medical history and only they can provide you with personalized advice keeping in mind your unique needs.