March 26th is National Spinach Day. This powerful leafy green is thought to have originated over 2000 years ago in ancient Persia under the name aspanakh. It was introduced to other countries like India, Nepal and China as ‘the Persian Vegetable”. Aspanakh turned into the word espinache in old French, where the word Spinach comes from today. Or, for most of us, Popeye’s favourite food.
So what makes Spinach such a superfood? Here are 5 surprising benefits that eating spinach regularly provides.
Spinach is packed with nutrients that play a role in supporting your eyesight and preventing against macular degeneration, especially lutein and zeaxanthin. These 2 nutrients are actually found in the retina of the eye and help to filter harmful high-energy blue light. Healthy levels of these carotenoid will help the eye function better both short and long term.
Boosts Immune Strength
Spinach is high in Vitamin C, so it’s already in the good books with your immune system. But it’s also loaded with anti-oxidants that help your body to fight off infections.
Betters Your Bone Health
Spinach’s powerful combo of nutrients includes high amounts of vitamin K, which works with calcium to support bone density.
Cleans Your Skin
Spinach contains Vitamins C, E, and A which are amazing for your skin, and iron and folate which support healthy hair and nail growth. These nutrients packed together deliver powerful benefits to your skin.
A Source of Protein
You’ve probably heard the claim that spinach contains a higher percentage of protein than ground beef. While this is true (100 calories of ground beef has 10 grams of protein and 100 calories of spinach has about 12 grams) You’d need to eat a lot of spinach to get even 10 grams of protein from it. The important part is that by regularly eating spinach, you are contributing to your daily protein intake so that you’re body doesn’t have to rely on meaty or synthetic sources, which can lead to increased risk of some chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes when eaten too much.