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8 Benefits of Spinach: The First Superfood

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8 Benefits of Spinach: The First Superfood

Spinach was a powerfood even before there was the term powerfood.

We’re referring of course to Popeye the Sailor Man. “TOOT TOOT!” One can of the green stuff and he turned into muscle popping tornado of energy.

Even without Popeye’s recommendation, spinach contains more nutrients per calorie than any other food on the earth.

8 Benefits of Spinach:

1. Loaded with Vitamins: like A, K, D, and E and a host of trace minerals.

2. Good Source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids: the kind most of us need in North America.

3. Anti-Cancer and Anti-Inflammatory Antioxidants: Researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. In a recent study on the relationship between risk of prostate cancer and vegetable intake (including such healthy vegetables as broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts) only spinach showed evidence of significant protection against the occurrence of aggressive prostate cancer.

4. Alkalizes the Body: All those minerals helps to balance off the highly acid diet which most of us subject our bodies to and which drains our energy, increases obesity and a creates host of other health problems.

5. Nourishes the Eyes: The carotenoids found in spinach protect against eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

6. Strengthens the Bones: One cup of fresh spinach (or 1/6 cup of cooked spinach) contains TWICE your daily vitamin K needs. This along with the calcium and magnesium in spinach is essential to maintain healthy bones.

7. Perfect for Green Smoothies and Salads: Organic pre-washed spinach is now readily available in most grocery stores. If you haven’t yet tried a green smoothie yet and think they might taste yucky then try one with the main ingredient as spinach. Spinach is so sweet, we guarantee you will be impressed. To see Diana make her own special brand of green smoothie click here: Diana’s Green Smoothie

8. Spinach is FRESH! Studies have shown that even the artificial light in the grocery store shining on those plastic tubs of spinach can actually help keep the leaves from spoiling. This indicates the spinach is still metabolically active and fresh.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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5:42PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Love spinach, always did. So many ways to make it. Yum yum yum

5:35PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

Kids never ate Spinach or other healthy foods as they saw their parents not eating it. When a child is born it will eat any thing that's real food but when they are fed make believe foods then they lose the taste for real foods. This was prominate in the era of pushing artificial milk onto babies instead of breast milk and has snowballed ever since despite the efforts of Walt Disney cartoons trying to encourage children to eat properly.

5:29PM PDT on Apr 3, 2014

pity we do not have any Popeye sailors around today on TV instead of big mac ads and other rubbish promotions from government down to the local dentist all spewing lies.

2:54AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Thanks

9:45AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Growing up, spinach definitely was not one (1) of my favorite foods. It was right up there with liver.

I "nuke" our "organic" spinach" and enjoy it with a wee bit of "organic" vinegar and a wee bit of pepper. My bride like it with "olive oil" - organic of course - and a wee bit of salt.

I also use it in my "smoothies" Don and WE CAN! :-))

8:06PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Thanks for posting.

3:10AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Thank you.

2:35AM PST on Jan 11, 2014

Thanks

5:57AM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Spinach with parmesan cheese......yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

5:11PM PDT on Sep 27, 2013

spinach is so awesome and versatile. you can sneak it into all kinds of stuff and kids will still eat it. ;)

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