5 Wonderful Benefits of Spinach You Never Knew

Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese. You may not be a fan of spinach but these five amazing benefits of eating spinach regularly will convince you to add it to your daily diet.

Drishti Banerjee  |  Updated: June 22, 2018 13:19 IST

Reddit
5 Wonderful Benefits of Spinach You Never Knew

Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese

Every bite you take is either fighting a disease or feeding it. Choose what you want your food to do for you or you can ask a 90's kid what Spinach is! Popularized by the famous cartoon show "Popeye - the Sailor Man", spinach is a green, leafy vegetable with a high nutritional value. Scientifically known as Spinacia Oleracea, spianch belongs to the amaranth family and is related to beetroots and quinoa. You can have it raw in salads, steamed, blended in a soup or sautéed with other veggies. It is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways. Spinach is rich in vitamins A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese. Eating this leafy green veggie may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress and reduce blood pressure levels among other health functions. Whether you like it or not, spinach is surely one veggie that you must include in your daily diet. 
 

You may not be a fan of spinach but these five amazing benefits of eating spinach regularly will convince you to add it to your daily diet. 


1. Strengthens your bones

Spinach is a rich source of Vitamin K which helps in promoting a the production of a protein called Osteocalc in that is responsible for stabilizing calcium in the bones. In addition to being rich in vitamin K, spinach is also a great source of calcium and vitamin D, dietary fibre, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, all of which are important nutrients that are good for bone health. 
 
(Also Read: Load Up On These Nutrients For Healthy And Strong Bones)
strong bones nutrition calcium consumptionSpinach strengthens your bones.
 
2. Strengthens your eyesight and immune systemSpinach contains beta carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein and chlorophyll - all of which are responsible for improving your eyesight and boosting your immune system. Lutein and zeaxanthin are stored in the macula, which is a part of the retina that acts as a natural sunblock, shielding your eye from damaging light. This will also help lower the risk of macular degeneration; which is why most people are advised to eat more and more greens. 

(Also read: Vitamins for Good Eyesight)
eyesSpinach improves your eye sight; Image Credit : iStock
 
3. Repels bacteria and viruses  

Spinach is high in vitamin A which helps our skin and mucous membranes to repel various kinds of bacteria and viruses effectively. Moreover, this vitamin is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturised. Vitamin A is good for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. So load up on more greens to reduce the risk of hair loss and infections. 
 
(Also Read: 5 Foods And Herbs That Can Increase Hair Volume)
anthrax bacteria vizag vishakhapatnam
Spinach repels bacteria and other harmful viruses from our body

4. Promotes heart health

Vitamin C in spinach is known to have the ability to prevent wrinkles and protect us from eye diseases, prenatal health problems and cardiovascular diseases. It is also the presence of lutein content that prevents thickening of walls of arteries, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. Moreover, it contains nitrite that not only helps in preventing the occurrence of heart attack but also cures the heart diseases associated with fat deposition.  
 
(Also Read: 8 Essential Nutrients For A Healthy Heart)
heart healthSpinach improves heart health.

5. Keeps you energized

Spinach provides you with the required levels of magnesium in your body which helps you to generate energy for your day to day chores. Spinach is also a great source of folate, a nutrient that helps your body turn food into usable energy. Moreover, making your body more alkalised can help you keep energised through the day and spinach is one veggie that is alkaline in nature. 
 
(Also Read: 6 Foods You Must Eat To Boost Your Energy Levels)
energySpinach helps the body convert energy into a usable form; Image Credit : iStock

Now that you are aware about the several health benefits of spinach, try your hand at some of our best spinach recipes.

1.   Spanish Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Who said that if it is green, it's boring? Spice things up on a weekend get together with freshly baked tortillas and this amazing variation of spinach in a dip.
 
spinach dipThe healthy spinach dip.

2.   Spiced Spinach Soup with Cottage Cheese Croutons

This is your classic spinach soup served with mouth watering cottage cheese croutons.
spinach soup 625
Spinach Soup with Croutons
 
3. Baked Spinach with Mushroom and Cheese Sauce

A lovely recipe for dinner with layers of spinach, mushroom, cheese and all good things.
Spinach is not restricted to these recipes and you can always add your own personal twist. Take this as an inspiration and bring out the Popeye in you!

Disclaimer:

CommentsThe opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

For the latest food news, health tips and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Advertisement
Advertisement