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Benefits of Spinach And Its Side Effects

Spinach is very nutritious leafy vegetable. It helps to prevent premature ageing, weakening of the eyesight and has inflammatory properties. Spinach helps to boost the immunity, protects the body from a number of diseases and improves the recovery mechanism of the body. Spinach helps to maintain the brain functions and the nervous system especially in patients of advanced age. The antioxidant properties of the spinach helps in the prevention of cancer and other deadly disorders of the body. Spinach also helps to relieve chronic abdominal distress. Calcium content in spinach helps in the maintainence of bone health. Spinach also helps to relieve hypertension and anxiety.

Benefits of Spinach And Its Side Effects

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Spinach
Nutritional Value of Spinach
Health Benefits of Spinach
Prevents Sun Damage to the Skin
Boosts Immunity
Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Prevents Damage to Brain and Nervous System
Treats Gastrointestinal Disorders
Muscle Relaxant
Treats Hypertension
Prevents Kidney Diseases
Reduces Asthma
Improves Eyesight
Prevents Cancer
Maintains Bone Health
Uses of Spinach
Side-Effects & Allergies of Spinach
Cultivation of Spinach

Spinach

Spinach is a native leafy vegetable from the central, western and souther parts of Asia. It is mostly grown in winter, especially in temperate regions. It is a very nutritious plant with a large number of health benefits and can be consumed by people of all ages. It looks after the overall health of the body and is rich in essential nutrients. Spinach has minimal side effects. It can cooked and prepared as delicacies and the low calories make it ideal for consumption for weight loss.

Nutritional Value of Spinach

Spinach is a popular functional food. This leafy vegetable is full of nutritional properties and contains a large amount of essential nutrients. Spinach is known to prevent and cure a number of diseases and disorders. It has anti-cancer, antioxidant properties that inhibit the growth of malignant cells. It helps to promote healthy cell division, thereby improving the healing properties of the body. Spinach contains Vitamins A, B, C, E, K , zinc, magnesium and large amounts of iron that is necessary for the red blood cells in the body. Spinach is also helpful in the maintenence of the hair, skin, nails and eyesight.

Health Benefits of Spinach

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Spinach
Health Benefits of Spinach

Prevents Sun Damage to the Skin

Spinach is rich in Vitamin B and other important Vitamins such as A, E, K and C which help to improve skin texture and treat a number of skin related disorders. It also helps to protect the skin from the harmful Ultra-Violet radiations of the sun. It promotes healing of the skin in case of sun damage and prevents premature ageing, skin cancer and other dermal disorders caused by the sun.

Boosts Immunity

Spinach is extremely beneficial in the strengthening of the immunity system. The high amounts of Vitamin A helps to prevent infections and inflammations to a large extent. It strengthens the mucous membranes of the respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts. Vitamin A is also a major component of the lymphocytes (white blood cells) that combat diseases in the human body.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Spinach helps in providing relief from several kinds of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, asthma and even migraine headaches.

Prevents Damage to Brain and Nervous System

Spinach maintains the brain functions, especially in patients of advanced age. The high content of Vitamins C, K and folate helps in the production of hormones that keep the nervous system functioning properly. It also improves the processing abilities of the brain. It helps in the synthesis of sphingolipids that is the crucial fat in the Myelin sheath of the nerve cells.

Treats Gastrointestinal Disorders

Spinach contains high quantities of beta-carotene and Vitamin C that maintains gastrointestinal health. It provides protection to the colorectal cells from the cancerous growths caused by the effects of free radicals. Folate content in spinach prevents DNA damage and unwanted mutations of the colon cells.

Muscle Relaxant

Spinach reduces the stress on muscles, by strengthening muscular tissues. The magnesium, zinc and other nutrients content helps to sleep better which helps the body to heal and recover faster.

Treats Hypertension

Spinach is known to be effective remedy for high blood pressure or hypertension. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

Prevents Kidney Diseases

Spinach helps to maintain the sodium-potassium balance in the body and lowers excess potassium which may eventually lead to serious kidney malfunctioning.

Reduces Asthma

Patients of Asthma can be benefited by the consumption of Spinach

Improves Eyesight

Spinach is rich in vitamins which prevent weakening of eyesight due to age or other factors. It also helps to improve eyesight by preventing cataracts and macular degeneration.

Prevents Cancer

Spinach is rich in anti oxidants, flavonoids and other nutrients, that promote healthy cell division, preventing malignant growths and tumours.

Maintains Bone Health

Spinach is useful in the maintainence and strengthening of bones because of its calcium content. It can also be used as an alternative to dairy products in patients who have lactose intolerance. It helps to prevent early onset of osteoporosis. Spinach helps in the building of muscle tissues and growth of collagen.

Uses of Spinach

Spinach is rich in iron content and many other essential nutrients. Spinach helps in recovering and recuperating after a long spell of illness. Spinach juice can be given to patients who have been weakened by anaemia or haemorrhage. Spinach can be added to dips, soups and salads to increase the nutritional value of the food. Spinach is easy to digest and can be cooked in a number of ways to make it a delicacy. The low calorie content of this leafy vegetable makes it an important inclusion in a weight loss program. Spinach helps in reducing risks of high blood sugar, high blood pressure and cancer. Spinach is also good for the skin, hair and eyesight.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Spinach

Spinach is relatively safe for consumption by men, women and children alike. There are not many side effects or allergic reactions known. However, in some cases, spinach may cause serious fluctuations in the blood sugar level in diabetes patients. This however, is rare, but any slightest discomfort or reaction should be treated as soon as possible to prevent complications. Spinach may also form insolvent crystals in the kidneys, that may worsen kidney diseases.

Cultivation of Spinach

Spinach is native to central , western and southern parts of Asia. It is usually an annual plant. It is thought to have originated in Persia. Subsequently it was introduced to India and China. Spinach usually survives for a ong period of time, especially during winter. Spinach is mostly found in temperate regions.

Popular Questions & Answers

Beside of my nose colour is very black and dark spots and pimples and my frd told to use panderm plus and I started to use panderm plus after I use I be very white but few minutes I will become very black in colour then want must I do please tell me some suggestions.

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Hi I am 30 year old and suffering low back pain for last 6 months. I am continuous taking calcium and vitamin d3 capsule still .now I feel better than before. But still sweet pain available during movement. Like when sitting and getting up. Please suggest I should go on Nero physician or phythropist.

Erasmus Mundus Master in Adapted Physical Activity, MPT, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
It can be a neurologicalIf you have low back pain and sciatica you can undergo intermittent pelvic traction where in your half of your body weight will be added in the electronic traction so that that would help you to reduce the pain, along with Interferential therapy stimulations which would help you to get relieved from the radiating pain. Apply ice for the pain to get subsided immediately. If you cannot go immediately for the physiotherapy treatment. Ice can be kept in the low back where you have back pain. It is suggestible to wear Lumbo sacral belt which would help you to build the abdominal muscle tone which itself would make you feel better. You can also wear MCR chappals which would help you to have less weight falling in the painful back. U have to take vitamin D RICH FOODS. Like milk, cheese,yogurt, brocoli,spinach. U need calcium consumption for increase the bone density. Symptom. So you can go to the physiotherapist.

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Hi..have eggs , spinach, bananas; dark chocolate; asparagus; broccoli ; pomegranate; walnuts ; garlic , Foods rich in zinc include barley, red meat, beans, etc. Zinc plays a vital role in sperm development. Homeopathic medicines helps in improving the spermcount and is also beneficial in raising the quality of semen it improves the blood supply to the glands producing male hormones..
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What can you eat?
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What can’t you eat?
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Table of Content

Spinach
Nutritional Value of Spinach
Health Benefits of Spinach
Prevents Sun Damage to the Skin
Boosts Immunity
Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Prevents Damage to Brain and Nervous System
Treats Gastrointestinal Disorders
Muscle Relaxant
Treats Hypertension
Prevents Kidney Diseases
Reduces Asthma
Improves Eyesight
Prevents Cancer
Maintains Bone Health
Uses of Spinach
Side-Effects & Allergies of Spinach
Cultivation of Spinach