Is Spinach Not As Healthy As We Think It Is??

images (13)I just stumbled upon a very interesting fact about spinach that may surprise you too- cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits! Just half a cup of cooked spinach will give you thrice as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach.That’s because the body cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use… WHAT?? What about all my supposedly healthy smoothies that very often contain spinach leaves???

I was just about to rethink whether I should swap spinach in my smoothies for different leafy greens, when I luckily came found out that as an exception to the advice above, research studies show that taking spinach in juice form is actually the healthiest way to consume it. Blend spinach with other vegetables or fruits to create a delicious glass of juice, or add spinach to smoothies…Phew! 

images (14)Why can we not absorb the nutrients in spinach completely?

There’s a compound in spinach called oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin C. Mandarin oranges and cantaloupes spring to mind here. Another way to reduce the power of oxalic acid is to boil the spinach leaves for at least two minutes.

An here is another fact about spinach that might spark your interest- and probably will make you consume more fresh spinach leaves because of its role in skin care:

The bounty of vitamins and minerals in spinach can bring you quick relief from dry, itchy skin and lavish you with a radiant complexion. Regular consumption of fresh, organic spinach juice has been shown to improve skin health dramatically (will definitely stock up on spinach!)

Spinach and Bone

Since Popeye, the sailor, everybody knows that spinach makes us strong. It is hard to find a food that has more Vitamin K- in fact, only  kale contains more micrograms of vitamin K per cup. The wealth of vitamin K provided by spinach is important for maintaining bone health. Vitamin K1 helps prevent excessive activation of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone. Spinach is also an excellent source of other bone-supportive nutrients including calcium and magnesium.

Anti- inflammatory and anti- cancer properties of spinach

download (4)Mostly all vegetables contain phytonutrients; phytonutrients (also referred to as phytochemicals) are compounds found in plants. They serve various functions in plants, helping to protect the plant’s vitality. For example, some phytonutrients protect the plant from UV radiation while others protect it from insect attack. Phytonutrients provide benefits to those who enjoy plant food. Spinach contains a whole variety of beneficial phytonutrients- researchers have identified more than a dozen different flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents.

Shopping tip: Freezing spinach diminishes its health benefits. The way to get the best from the leaf is to buy it fresh and eat it the same day.

According to these latest news regarding cooing of spinach, I made a nutritious delicious

lemony chickpea sauce served over baked sweet potatoes

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Can’t wait for my skin to look radiant!!

See the whole recipe here http://plantbasedhappy.com/?page_id=3227

To great skin and health!

Cheers

Ursula

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