Food & Diet

10 Health Benefits of Spinach

It is possible that Popeye was onto something with his obsession for spinach.  Spinach is loaded with essential nutrients that are needed to maintain good health.  Here are 10 health benefits of eating spinach that you may not know.

1. Prevents Diabetes

Spinach has a rich content of an antioxidant called alpha-lipoic acid.  Soluble fiber also helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

2. Promotes Bone Health

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Spinach is rich in vitamin K.  Vitamin K helps strengthen bones and stimulates osteotropic activity in bones.

3. Promotes Regularity

Spinach has both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Insoluble fiber prevents constipation while improving the overall function of your digestive system.  Soluble fiber helps to prevent your body from absorbing fat and cholesterol from food.

4. Healthy Skin and Hair

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Spinach is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron.  Vitamin A is needed for sebum production that helps to keep hair moisturized.  Vitamin C is the key to stimulating collagen syntheses

5. Lowers Cholesterol

Spinach proteins may reduce cholesterol and even cleanse the blood vessels of fat deposits.

6. Prevents Asthma

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Spinach contains beta-carotene, which helps lower the risk of developing asthma.

7. Promotes Eye Health

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Lutein is found in spinach, which helps to improve eye function and prevent the retina from degeneration.

8. Prevent Alzheimer’s Diseases

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Vitamin K is not only good for bone health, but it also reduces neural damage in the brain.  When consumed regularly, it may prevent Alzheimer’s.

9. Boosts Immune System

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Spinach is high in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is a vital antioxidant that can boost the immune system and help fight off infections.

10. Prevents Anemia

Spinach is rich in iron, which is beneficial to preventing iron deficiency.

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