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In our research for the benefits of spinach, and contrary to popular belief, we have found that spinach is not an especially good source of iron, (sorry Popeye).
However it's dark green leaves do contain a lot of other valuable nutrients, and some research suggests that it is one of THE most potent of all vegetables in helping to prevent cancer.
Suffer from hay fever?
Studies have shown that people who eat foods rich in vitamin E have 30% lower incidence of hay fever than those whose diets were low in Vitamin E and spinach is rich in this vitamin.
Studies have also shown that getting plenty of Vitamin E, cuts cataract risk by 16%.
Spinach is an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin which will help you maintain a healthy brain function.
This B vitamin helps keep levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) in check. This amino acid damages blood vessels and doubles the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Low levels of the B vitamin folate increase the risk that pre-cancerous cervical cells will turn into actual cancer.
It has been found that many people suffering from depression are deficient in the B vitamin folate. That folic acid can act as an anti-depressant is no secret among scientists.
A growing body of evidence suggests that people with low levels of the B Vitamins folic acid tend to have poorer hearing.
Spinach is rich in beta carotene and studies have shown such carotene boosts immune defenses against both bacterial and viral infections, as well as cancer.
So, make it a point to eat dark green vegetables, the darker they are the more cancer-inhibiting carotenoids they have.
Vegetables such as spinach and beetroot are rich in chemicals that raise levels of nitric oxide in the stomach, and researchers think that higher nitric oxide levels may strengthen the stomach's inner lining so it can better protect itself from digestive acids.
Spinach contains Vitamin K, an often forgotten vitamin important for preventing fractures.
One study found that taking 45mg of vitamin K a day reduced the rate of spinal fractures by 65% in women with osteoporosis compared to women who didn't supplement.
This article was printed from JillsMusic.com