Spinach is an Excellent Source of Antioxidants

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Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is a vigorously growing dioecious, erect biennial herb of the family Amaranthaceae. Though the herb is a native of South west Asia, today it is widely cultivated in North America, Europe and Asia. Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or  quickly  boiled.  Its  leaves  are  rich  in carbohydrates, proteins, 
fats, fibres, magnesium, manganese, folate, copper, zinc, niacin, selenium, sodium, potassium, sulphur, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. It is also a rich source of vitamins A, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Recently, opioid peptides, calledrubicolins have also been found in spinach. Spinach contains 4 times more of beta-carotene and 3 times more of lutein than broccoli. Spinach is said to be a protective food againstCancer. Consuming spinach in meals is said to inhibit tumor growth and keeps body normal from undergoing Mutation. It is also known to be beneficial for those suffering from Diabetes. Having half a cup of spinach leaves juice before meals twice daily is helpful in  controlling
diabetes. Owing to high Vitamin A content, the herb is protective against Eye diseases. Anemic patients must consume this herb in diet as spinach is a good source of iron, and thus, prevents Anemia. Because iron is a component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to all body cells, it is also beneficial as Energy food. In conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, migraine headaches and asthma, spinach is helpful in combating the ailments owing to its Anti-inflammatory properties. Another of the benefits of spinach is that it's good for the heart. In addition, folate is good for a healthy Cardiovascular system. Itsantioxidant vitamins help reduce free radical in the body and maintain healthy cholesterol levels in the blood. Magnesium, another mineral found in spinach helps to lower High blood pressure(Hypertension). Spinach has a laxative effect and is wonderful inWeight loss diets. Source: HerbHealtHImage: flickr.com

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