The spinach, among the most popular vegetables in the world, they have property nutritional and beneficial notable enough to occupy a relevant position in the ranking of the healthiest foods for our body. The spinach have a high content of vitamins A and C, in smaller quantities, vitamins B, D, F, PP and K; but in addition to vitamins, in spinach there are moderate quantities of mineral salts such as copper, potassium, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. The presence in the spinach of lutein, a carotenoid with particular properties effective for those with vision problems apparently.
Spinach beneficial properties
- According to a recent discovery, lutein, contained in good quantities in spinach leaves, has the ability to penetrate the blood and deposit in the eyes, particularly in the retina, resulting in excellent benefits for the eyes.
- The high content of folic acid in spinach seems to bring great benefits to our immune system, making it "stronger": it seems to greatly aid the body in the production of red blood cells.
- Thanks to the good amount of folic acid, spinach would be suitable for those who have anemia problems: spinach has a good percentage of antioxidant substances with protective properties against the body
- In 100 grams of spinach there are about 3.5mg. of iron, which, however, are not easily assimilated but retained by the body in minimal quantities: in this regard, experts recommend consuming foods that contain ascorbic acid, such as lemon, in combination with spinach, in order to favor the assimilation of iron .
ATTENTION: in order to fully benefit from the consumption of spinach it is good to consume them raw, perhaps in salads with oil and salt: it has been proven that, once boiled, they lose about 50% of their properties.
Spinach properties, useful tips
Pay attention to the freshness of spinach, when they are a little old they contain nitrites that have harmful effects: at the time of purchase, prefer those of organic origin then check the color which must be a nice uniform green, without yellowish parts and with stems hard and strong. To be sure of the genuineness of spinach you can also grow them. For further information | How to grow spinach