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"Spinach should really be a part of just about anyone's diet. It is densely packed with nutrients and is great tasting alone or in recipes. Think about adding it to your healthy diet."
Enjoy the healing power of
Nutritional specialists have been known that spinach, with its dark green leaves, are an extremely healthy food. Popularized by the cartoon character, Popeye, spinach is known to have considerable positive health effects. There are few other sources of vitamin C, calcium, iron and beta carotene that are better sources than spinach leaves.
Its nutritional value
Spinach has more than just these nutritional benefits. It is also an excellent way to get insoluble fiber in your diet. Insoluble fiber is good for the bowels and appears to have a positive effect on the heart, keeping it from being damaged.
Spinach works on more than
just cardiovascular disease; it
also appears to be effective in
lowering the risk of several
kinds of cancer, including
lung cancer. Experts
believe that it is the high
vitamin K level in spinach that
provides its benefits against
cancer. You can hardly
find a better source of vitamin
K than you can in spinach.
Spinach is also supposed to be useful in combating cataracts. There are research studies showing that those foods that contain a great deal of beta carotene, like spinach, have the ability to slow the growth and prevent cataracts. Other studies show that those with a diet with a lot of spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables in it have much less risk of cataract formation.
There is one possible reason behind spinach's effect on cataracts. It contains a great deal of zeaxanthin and lutein—carotenoids that are a lot like beta carotene. Both of these substances are potent antioxidants and are believed to carry the same effect of other antioxidants against cell damage, cancer and aging.
Spinach is believed to block elevated levels of homocysteine in the bloodstream. Scientists feel that it is the vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid are the chemicals in spinach and other foods that block homocysteine levels. High homocysteine is associated with cardiovascular disease.
Spinach and related vegetables are felt to reduce the progression of macular degeneration—an eye disease that can cause blindness in many people. It is felt that the antioxidants in spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables are what makes them so good in preventing and halting macular degeneration associated with advanced age.
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