bb-spinach-13thWe all remember Pop Eye and his go-to source for energy- SPINACH!!

Spinach has always had a firm nutritional reputation for its ability to boost energy and vitality and improve the quality of our blood.

Spinach is also a great source of the following micronutrients.

Iron:  essential for the functioning of red blood cells, energy production and DNA synthesis.

Potassium: an important component of cell and body fluids that help to control heart rate and blood pressure.

Magnesium: for many basic metabolic functions, aiding bone growth and helping the nerves and muscle function at their best.  Magnesium can help prevent cramps, manage stress and sleep better.

Copper: required by the body to produce blood cells

Zinc: a co-factor for many enzymes that regulate growth and development, sperm degeneration, digestion and cell renewal.

Vitamin K: for blood-clotting and ensuring bone health; it has also been linked to keeping you mentally sharp.

Vitamin A: for eye health; normal growth and development and a stronger immune system  Vitamin C: for protection against cell damage; fighting infection, synthesising collagen (best known for its contribution to healthy skin), wound healing and converting nutrients into substances your body can use.

The B-complex-vitamins such as B6 (pyridoxine), B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B12 (folate) and B3 (niacin) have all different types of benefits-from helping to break down food, to keeping the nervous system healthy.

If that wasn’t enough spinach also contains phytochemicals that are anti-inflammatory.

Chlorophyll, which is rich in spinach has specifically been found to be protective against cancer.

No…not done yet! Spinach may even play a role in managing diabetes! Spinach contains an antioxidant called alpha-lipoic acid which can lower glucose levels.