Spinach exists in a special place in the zeitgeist. It has long stood on top at the pinnacle of the leafy green pyramid. As the favored vegetable of the fictional hero of Popeye, it is associated with health, wellness, and strength. Spinach’s popularity probably has more to do with the fact that the vegetable is so hardy than Popeye, however. It can survive some of the harshest conditions and still be healthy, so many different populations of people from all over the world have access to it.
Spinach gravy served warm from a hot case, fresh green salad with blanched spinach served fresh from a casserole or spinach paneer gravy served flavorful from a hot box, you can enjoy all these spinach dishes even more knowing how nutrient rich these are. Here are some spectacular reasons to make spinach a regular part of your diet.
Spinach has the ability to treat macular degeneration, specifically it can counteract AMD, otherwise known as retinitis pigmentosa. It has this ability due to the presence of carotenoids, pigments that are found in leafy green vegetables like spinach. Spinach is so effective at treating AMD that it is considered a must have for successful AMD treatment. The antioxidants in spinach also possess the ability to limit and lower the effects of free radicals which have the ability to negatively impact vision and cause macular degeneration or certain conditions like glaucoma.
Spinach has a high anti-oxidant capacity that effects mitochondrial activity responsible for cognitive functions. Consuming spinach gives you access to the folates inside of it that can prevent the occurrence of Alzheimer’s disease and stave off neural and cognitive decay. The potassium content in spinach helps to increase blood flow to the brain which also serves to stabilize neurological functionality.
Eating spinach is a great option for pregnant mothers thanks to the folate content. The folate can aid in proper development of fetus and prevent certain birth defects like cleft palates from forming.