Everyone remembers Popeye gobbling a can of spinach and getting that instant spring of energy. That’s right, the awesome power of spinach does not just exist in cartoons and fictions—it is for real. Powered with magnesium, iron, manganese and vitamins B1, B2, B6, C and K, spinach has endless health benefits. Here are the top five ones.
1) Helps Prevent Diabetes
Researchers have found that spinach has the highest concentrations of alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant that has been shown to lower blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association calls spinach a diabetes superfood for having a low glycemic index, which means eating it will not cause a spike in blood sugar levels.
2) Helps Weight Loss
Scientists have discovered that spinach contains green leaf membranes called thylakoid that curb food cravings by 95 percent. Thylakoids reinforce the production of satiety hormones, which results in better appetite control and increased weight loss. Also, the fact that spinach is exceptionally low in calories makes it a preferred food for weight loss.
3) Promotes Healthy Eyes
Spinach contains lutein and vitamin E, which promote healthy eyesight and prevent cataract and macular degeneration. A study done on 365 individuals showed that consumption of spinach led to reduced risks of age-related macular degeneration.
4) Controls Blood Pressure
Magnesium in spinach helps reduce high blood pressure. Clinical trials have shown that eating spinach can help you stay away from hypertension medications, which could lead to a magnesium deficiency.
5) Helps Prevent Cancer
Scientists have identified around 13 different flavonoid compounds known as methylenedioxyflavonol glucuronoides, which function as anticancer agents by scouring potentially dangerous ‘free radicals’ before they can harm the body. According to a lab research, carotenoids found in dark, leafy, green vegetables like spinach can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer and stomach cancer cells.