Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Important Health Benefits of Spinach

    Spinach is an excellent natural source of vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B6. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E. In addition, it is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, niacin and selenium.

    • The keys to the benefits of spinach for bone health come in the form of Vitamin K, Vitamin A and magnesium. Vitamin K is also absolutely essential to build strong bones and prevent heart disease, and it plays a crucial role in other bodily functions other than blood clotting.Spinach, along with other green vegetables brussel sprouts and broccoli, is one of the best food sources of Vitamin K.

    Spinach for Heart, Cardiovascular Health - Eat more spinach. Your heart and arteries will thank you.

    • Spinach is rich in the mineral potassium and low in sodium. Potassium or potassium-rich diets are an effective first line of defense against high blood pressure / hypertension. Potassium salts are commonly recommended as a substitute of sodium chloride (common table/cooking salt) for people at risk of or suffering from high blood pressure. Potassium lowers blood pressure. Sodium raises blood pressure. Spinach, being high in potassium and low in sodium is therefore a clear choice for your cardiovascular health.
    Beta carotene, abundant in spinach, is a precursor to Vitamin A. The human body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A. Deficiencies of Vitamin A (resulting primarily from inadequate intake of food sources of beta carotene, such as spinach or carrots) result in poor eyesight and most significantly poor night vision and even night blindness. Other eye-related symptoms of a Vitamin A deficiency include dry eyes, eye ulceration, burning and itching eyes.

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