Spinach originates from Central and South Western Asia. The bright, vibrant and fresh spinach is loaded with high amounts of antioxidants and retains it when steamed or boiled. It has been recently found that the fluorescent lighting in supermarkets increases the nutritional content of spinach. The famous Popeye got his super strength from spinach because it contains vitamin A, C, E and K, magnesium, folate, betaine, iron, calcium, potassium, folic acid, copper, zinc, niacin, selenium, omega 3 fatty acids and a new set of compounds called opioid peptides.
Spinach also contains health supportive nutrients called glycoglycerolipids which protect the lining of digestive tract from unwanted inflammation. Daily inclusion of spinach in your diet guards you against inflammation problems, oxidative stress, cardiovascular problems, bone problems and cancers. Spinach contains specialized flavonoids which fight cell division in stomach cancer cells and reduce the incidence of breast cancer. Spinach offers protection against aggressive prostate cancer.
Spinach is associated with decreased risk of atherosclerosis and high blood pressure. Special antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin that are found in spinach protects retina and macula and protects the eye from macular degeneration. Spinach contains almost 200% of the daily value of vitamin K and this vitamin boosts bone health. Spinach also contains other bone supporting nutrients such as calcium and magnesium. Last but not the least spinach helps to improve your muscle tone.