Health Benefits of Spinach

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Spinach is loaded with nutrition and something you should eat every day.

We all know that spinach is among the healthier foods we can eat, and likely, it is a food you should include in your diet every day. Spinach is considered by many to be a superfood, because of it’s rich nutrient content. Spinach is low in calories, low in carbohydrates, high in protein, and high in fiber. Spinach is also rich in a wide variety of nutrients, including vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, and calcium.

Many of the nutrients in spinach are water soluble, but some are fat soluble. So, however you enjoy spinach, make sure you are including some kind of healthy fat (i.e., olive oil, almond butter, etc.) with the meal for maximum nutrient absorption.

Many people opt to eat raw spinach, but it is perfectly fine to lightly steam or sauté spinach without losing any of the health benefits. Obviously, it is not best to overcook spinach or any other food for that matter.

While on the Kaufmann Diet, you can include spinach in your diet in a variety of ways. You can eat it raw in a salad. You can sauté it lightly with a healthy oil and garlic. Spinach blends in remarkably well to a smoothie; it is a great way to add nutrition to a smoothie without an overpowering taste.

Buying spinach fresh is an excellent option, but buying frozen spinach is equally acceptable. Organic is best when possible. Regardless, it is something you should including your diet regularly for the associated health benefits.

Kaufmann Diet Guide

Broad Spectrum Nutrition

With such a high number of nutrients and such a low caloric content, spinach constitutes a solid way to get a lot of nutrition without eating a lot of calories. Spinach makes a vegetarian source of protein and fiber and is relatively low in carbohydrates.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Flavonoids in spinach can act as antioxidants, which can prevent the arterial plaques that lead to heart disease. The rich magnesium content may be useful for lowering high blood pressure, and the folate content also has cardiovascular benefits.

Protection Against Cancer

Some of the antioxidants in spinach might have benefits for protection against cancer, particularly vitamin A, which can protect against lung cancer.

Benefits for the Brain

Some studies done on spinach have shown that it has benefits for brain function and preventing brain fog. Spinach has also been shown to have some protective qualities against Alzheimer’s disease.

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