MAGICAL HERBS AT YOUR HOME – THE SPINACH - AVN REVEALS ALL

Have you ever thought why your mom insisted you ate your spinach? She perhaps knew that it will do you a world of good. Let’s understand what the spinach offers us as benefits.

Spinach

Botanical name - spinacia oleracea

Ayurvedic name - palankya

Spinach in Tamil – pasalai keerai

Spinach in Hindi – palak

The spinach is native to Persia. It is still called “Persian greens” in China.

The spinach is extensively used in all cuisines especially in Middle Eastern, Indian and European cuisines.

It will grow well in climates that are not too hot. The best suited time is few weeks before winter and few weeks after winter.

The spinach can be eaten raw or cooked.

Constituents present in spinach

The spinach has several vitamins, minerals, various phytonutrients and pigments.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin C
  • Potassium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Thiamine
  • Riboflavin
  • Folate
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Xanthene
  • Chlorophyllin
  • Zeaxanthin

Health benefits of the spinach

  • Helps to improve eyesight

The spinach is very beneficial for eyesight. This is owing to the presence of beta-carotene in spinach. It can also help in preventing

  • Dryness in the eyes
  • Itchy sensation in  the eyes
  • Ulcers in the eyes
  • Vitamin A deficiency
  • Blindness due to degeneration of the retina (caused by lutein, xanthene issues in the retina)
  • Glaucoma

Spinach also protects the eyes from harm caused by free radicals as well.

The spinach is to be eaten in cooked form to benefit from the beta-carotene in it.

  • Fights neurological issues

Consuming spinach daily helps in providing potassium, antioxidants and calcium to the body. These are beneficial to the nervous system in the body. Folate can prevent Alzheimer’s. Potassium keeps the brain healthy. It leads to improved Intelligence and concentration.

  • Keeps blood pressure low

Spinach is unique. It has high potassium and very low sodium content.

This combination is good for blood pressure as the potassium aids to lower the blood pressure. The folate in spinach keeps the blood vessels relaxed and hence keeps the blood flow smooth. This also helps in lowering blood pressure. This in turn works as a way for better functioning of the cardiovascular system. All body organs will benefit from better oxygenation leading to better functionality.

  • Strengthens heart muscles

Spinach has antioxidant properties (C0-Q10). This helps in making the body muscles stronger, especially the heart muscles as they have to pump blood to the entire body. The C0-Q10plays a major role in preventing

  • High blood pressure

  • Heart failure

  • Hyperlipidaemia

  • Coronary heart diseases

  • Supports in making bones stronger

Vitamin K is present in spinach. The vitamin K works to retain the calcium in the bones, to help in the process of bone mineralisation.

The other minerals which are in spinach and work towards making the bones stronger are manganese, magnesium, copper, zinc and phosphorous.

All the above mentioned constituents of spinach help in preventing

Osteoporosis and also lead to health nails and teeth.

  • Reduces the occurrence of cataracts

The spinach has zeaxanthin and lutein components. These are strong antioxidants which protect the eyes from harsh UV rays that lead to cataracts. The eyes can be protected from the bad effects of free radicals which cause other eye problems as well.

  • Improves metabolic rate

Spinach is a wonder food owing to the high content of proteins in it.

It improves the metabolic rate and results in the proper functioning of the organs in the body.

The proteins in spinach get converted to amino acids and form mammal proteins these help healing wounds, help muscle development and boosts the overall metabolism. All of this results in the organs functioning optimally.

  • Aids weight loss

There is thylakoid in spinach. This element can help in weight loss by enabling the person to control the hunger and cravings.

  • Prevents gastric ulcers

The spinach has glycoglycerolipids which work towards protecting the mucous membrane of the stomach. This also enables in preventing inflammation the digestive tract.

  •  Has anti-cancerous properties

Spinach has the power to prevent as well as treat many types of cancer. The constituents that work towards this are tocopherol, folate, chlorophyllin, carotenoids. These help in arresting the cancer from spreading in the body.

 

Reference
www.organicfacts.net

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