Have you ever wondered of the benefits of raw spinach towards a healthy diet?
Canned spinach can boost up your strength rather than pleasing your taste buds. Blending spinach with fruits and turning it to smoothie drink provides nutrients making it a healthy beverage to drink. The nutritional quality of your smoothie will increase fiber, anti-oxidant and phytochemical consumption.
People find it difficult to have leafy vegetables because of its bitter taste, losing proper nutrition. Under-wrapping the bitter taste, spinach can be added to fruits like mangoes, oranges, blueberries and apples.
Cooking the leafy vegetables breaks down its antioxidants, while adding it raw with yoghurt or milk helps to release the powerful nutrient lutein. Boiling or frying spinach are sure-fire ways of destroying lutein, a study found. Lutein helps lower the risk of heart attacks and prevents eye damage, a study shows.
According to a 2001 article in the Journal of Nutrition, carotenoids from green leafy vegetables can decrease the risk of prostate cancer. Not only that, spinach can also reduce the risk of ovarian, bladder, liver and lung cancer due to flavanoid, folate, tocopherol and chlorophyllin compounds.
A cup of fresh spinach leaves combined into a smoothie provides almost 200 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K. Vitamin K prevents osteoclast activation and stimulates osteocalcin activity, which fixes calcium molecules inside of bones. Spinach also provides two essential bone-building minerals: calcium and magnesium. It also contains other bone-building nutrients, including manganese, copper, zinc and phosphorus, all of which help strengthen bones and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.