Of the many green vegetables, spinach is one of the easiest vegetables to consume. Spinach can be processed in various ways. Starting from stir-fry, boiled, to served as a salad or smoothie.
Interestingly, spinach has many health benefits. The vitamin and antioxidant content in spinach can protect the body from various diseases.
Come on, see the complete explanation as reported by Health below, Beauties!
Source of Important Nutrients
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Spinach contains vitamins K, A and C. According to the National Library of Medicine, vitamins K and A can maintain bone density and prevent osteoporosis. Meanwhile, vitamin C can help heal wounds.
Not only that, spinach is also rich in folate and B vitamins which help form red blood cells and DNA. This vegetable is a source of iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
High in Antioxidants
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Apart from being rich in vitamins and minerals, spinach also contains antioxidants which can prevent inflammation and protect the body from disease. One of the antioxidants in spinach, namely flavonoids, has been proven to protect the body from cancer, cardiovascular disease and inflammation.
Protects the Body from Disease
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A study published in 2016 found that compounds found in spinach can reduce oxidative stress and trigger the release of satiety hormones. Spinach consumption has been proven to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Improves Brain Health
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Spinach is anti-inflammatory so it can protect the brain from aging. Research published in 2015 states that consuming more green vegetables slows down the decline in cognitive function of the brain. Apart from that, consuming green vegetables also improves brain cognitive function.
Controlled Blood Pressure
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Spinach is a source of nitrates, natural chemicals that can dilate blood vessels. A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Nutrition found that nitrate levels in the blood increased after consuming spinach juice. It’s not surprising that regularly consuming spinach can increase blood flow and relieve stress on the heart.
Maintain Eye Health
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One of the antioxidants in spinach, namely lutein, can reduce the risk of macular degeneration. According to the National Eye Institute, macular degeneration is an eye disease that clouds visual acuity which is important for reading and driving.
Research published in 2016 in the Journal of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society shows that consuming spinach can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration.
Well, that’s a list of the benefits of spinach for health. Come on, consume spinach regularly and process it in the right way so that the nutrients in spinach are maintained!
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