When you think of spinach, the first thing that pops into your head is Popeye. Fact. While it is true that this lovely vegetable is a great source of iron, it actually has a huge variety of other health benefits.
Raw spinach contains Gluathione, an antioxidant which can help to detox your body and liver by flushing out toxins. Spinach loses its antioxidant properties when you cook it, however, so why not try it in a salad? We’re a little bit addicted to spinach, cucumber and a drizzle of low fat Caesar dressing at the moment. Yum!
Spinach is becoming somewhat well-known for its cancer-fighting properties. The dark colour of its leaves means that it is high in chlorophyll and carotenoids, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. They also help to promote good eye health and prevent cataracts.
As spinach is full of vitamins and minerals, it can help brighten your complexion. Studies have shown that drinking fresh spinach juice (recipe below) can dramatically improve skin health. Great for the upcoming winter months when skin can become dry and dull.
Spinach can ease constipation and protect the mucus lining of the stomach, which helps to prevent ulcers. Brilliant if you’re feeling a bit stressed!
Improves Brain Function
Research has proven that consumption of green leafy vegetables, such as spinach can help to slow age-related decline in brain function. Crack out the crossword and drink your Spinach juice to give your brain a great workout!
As spinach is best in its raw form, here’s a great recipe for a healthy Spinach Juice! Enjoy!
5 ounces baby spinach leaves, rinsed
2 apples, halved and cored
2 medium carrots, peeled
2 celery sticks
1/2 large lemon
piece of ginger
Stick it all in a juice maker or blender! Easy, tasty and oh so good for you!
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