Health benefits of spinach
Spinach is called the king of vegetables, and not without reason. It brings many benefits to the body. Its useful qualities are almost limitless! Although this vegetable doesn’t have a rich flavor, but is able to refresh and diversify a lot of dishes. It can be used in fresh and processed form. The main thing is to apply it correctly. The French call the spinach “broom for the stomach”, and grow it everywhere.
Let us consider its properties closer. Spinach contains proteins, carbohydrates, and even fats; organic, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, cellulose, starch, sugars; vitamins A, E, G, H, K, PP, many vitamins of B group, beta-carotene; calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.
The spinach leaves are rich in protein; only legumes (young beans) and green peas are superior to spinach in this sense. Such essential vitamins as A and C in spinach are resistant to thermal influence – they are retained at thermal processing. Such rich composition of vitamins and minerals is quite rare, so the spinach is very valuable in healthy nutrition.
How does spinach affect human health?
Spinach is well absorbed by the body. It is used for hypertension, gastritis, nervous system diseases, diabetes and low hemoglobin. Spinach promotes proper growth and development of bones and prevents rickets.
Eating spinach is extremely useful for eye health: it contains lutein and other substances that protect nerve cells and prevent such a serious disease as retinal dystrophy. If you make a habit to eat 350 g of spinach per week, you are able to slow down age-related changes of eyesight. If you often work with computer, this vegetable should be present in your menu, as it not only helps to improve visual acuity, but also reduces fatigue, increases efficiency and restores tranquility. Therefore, it is also used for stressful situations or nervous work. Due to the content of iodine, this vegetable has favorable effects on the thyroid gland.
Spinach is well digested. It contains a lot of fiber and chlorophyll, so it stimulates the activity of the intestine, and is very effective at constipations. Spinach protects against damages of the mucous membranes, resulting to the normal carbohydrate metabolism, participates in the development of important hormones for the body and helps to lose weight.
Speaking about the drawbacks of spinach we can say that it contains a lot of oxalic acid. Dishes from spinach are contraindicated for people suffering from kidney diseases and urinary tract: nephritis, kidney stones, etc. In addition, it is forbidden to eat spinach in the case of having such health problems as gout, rheumatism, diseases of duodenum, liver and biliary tract.
It is worth noting that the oxalic acid is accumulated in old leaves, young leaves contain it in very small amount. In general, it is not recommended to eat the outgrown spinach.