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Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Spinach

  By posted May 7th 2014
Healthy Living

 

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Low in calories, high in fibre and power packed with a host of nutrients, spinach is truly a superfood among veggies. This dark leafy green has a number of benefits that range from skin health to hair health and bone health among others. It is a good source of dietary potassium, iron, magnesium and vitamins A, K, D and E.

You can use spinach in your salad or side dish and also in your smoothies. So, add this versatile ingredient to your diet to reap all its health benefits. Here are five reasons to eat spinach more regularly.


Protects against cancer
Spinach contains large amounts of flavonoids, which are known to have anti-cancer properties. They can slow down cell division in the human stomach and can also shrink skin cancer cells. It has also shown significant results in regards to protection against the occurrence of prostate cancer.

Eye health

Spinach contains carotenoids, which protect the eyes against cataract and macular degeneration.

Bone health

Spinach is a good source of vitamin K, calcium and magnesium. These nutrients are essential for bone health.

Skin health

The vitamin A content in spinach aids in skin health by providing proper moisture retention in the epidermis; thereby, fighting skin diseases like acne, wrinkles, psoriasis etc.

Boosts the immune system

Eating spinach will ensure you maintain healthy levels of white blood cells. These will then help combat infections and keep your immune system healthy.

Prevent fatigue

When it comes to fighting fatigue, spinach is a healthier and better option than caffeine. Eating spinach will help increase your energy levels and will also reduce tiredness. The iron content in spinach will also increase oxygen production in the body. Apart from that it is also known to regulate blood sugar levels, thereby preventing fatigue during the day.

 

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