Maybe Popeye Was On To Something

3 Jun

3962d1221618604-popeye-popeye[1]Spinach combats your body’s cravings for junk food, according to a study at Lund University in Sweden.

Compounds in spinach called thylakoids reduced the cravings for unhealthy food in 95% of participants in the study.

In addition to spinach’s ability to reduce junk food cravings, this nutrient-dense food is low in calories yet very high in vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients.  Benefits of spinach consumption include:

  • Versatile — can be eaten raw, cooked, and added to other foods
  • Readily available everywhere and easy to grow
  • Loaded with antioxidants (anti-cancer, disease protection)
  • Heart healthy (vitamins C and A are antioxidants that help reduce free radical amounts in the body, and work to keep cholesterol from oxidizing)
  • Gastrointestinal health (beta-carotene, vitamin C, and folate can help maintain colon health)
  • Diabetes management (alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes)
  • Asthma prevention (the risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of beta-carotene, of which spinach is an excellent source)
  • Promotes bone health (vitamin K acts as a modifier of bone matrix proteins, improves calcium absorption, and may reduce urinary excretion of calcium)
  • Anti-inflammatory properties (can help conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and migraine headaches)
  • May slow age-related decline in brain function (consumption of leafy greens can help keep your brain young and agile)
  • Protects against eye disease (lutein is a carotenoid found in spinach that can help defend against age-related cataracts and macular degeneration)
  • Energy metabolism and muscle function (spinach is one of the best sources of dietary magnesium)
  • Excellent source of iron (important for oxygen transport and energy)
  • Healthy skin and hair (vitamin A is necessary for the growth of skin and hair; vitamin C is important for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair)

Follow the old sailor’s advice and “Eat your spinach!


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