Spinach, Natures Wonder Food.

Tranquilpen By Tranquilpen, 14th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/haylfwva/
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Here are some of the great benefits you get from eating spinach. It's just about the most perfect foods created by nature. It fights an amazing amount ailments and diseases. It seems as though Popeye was right all along...

Spinach, how great is it really?

Spinach.

Nutritionally, spinach is one of the most perfect foods
nature ever created.  Here are just some of the tremendous
health benefits of this awesome food:

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Anti-inflammatory
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The nutrients in spinach can help with conditions where
inflammation plays a role, like asthma, osteoarthritis, and
rheumatoid arthritis and Alzheimer's.

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Antioxidant
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Spinach is an excellent source of Vitamins C and A --
these two nutrients are important antioxidants that work to
reduce the amounts of free radicals in the body.

Also, researchers have identified at least 13 different
flavonoid compounds in spinach that function as
antioxidants and anti-cancer agents.

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Eye Health
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Spinach has lutein, which helps protect against eye
diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and
cataracts.

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Iron
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Spinach is a superb source of iron, a mineral that's
important for menstruating women, who are more at risk for
iron deficiency.

In comparison to red meat (a known source of iron),
spinach provides iron for a lot less calories, no
cholesterol and is totally fat-free.

Iron is an important component of hemoglobin, which moves
oxygen from the lungs to all of our body's cells.  It's
vital to have oxygen in our cells for energy and overall
health.

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Strong bones
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The vitamin K in spinach is important for maintaining bone
health.  And with osteoporosis looming for our aging
population whose diet is generally terrible, this is an
important vegetable.

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Healthy Brain Tissue
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In studies, researchers have found that spinach can help
protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the
effects of age-related related declines in brain function.

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Healthy Intestines
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The vitamin C and beta-carotene in spinach help to protect
the colon cells from the damaging effects of free radicals,
and the fiber keeps things moving along smoothly through
your intestines.

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Heart and cardiovascular health
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Spinach is an excellent source of folate.  Folate is
needed by the body to help prevent against heart attack or
stroke.

It also has magnesium, a mineral that can help lower high
blood pressure and protect against heart disease.

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Essential fatty acids
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Spinach is even a source of omega 3 essential fatty acids.
Your body needs these fats for healthy cell development,
brain function, hormone production and proper serotonin
reception.


Whew!  Talk about a nutritional powerhouse.

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The Misconception About Spinach
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Many people stay away from spinach because they say
it gives them gas.

But what they don't realize is that the problem is NOT
with the spinach--it's with the other foods you ate WITH
the spinach.  The real culprit behind gas, stomach pain and
most other digestive problems is poor digestion due to
eating foods that don't digest well together.



How to enjoy the foods you love:
(like meat, chicken, pasta, potatoes, fish, etc.)

Enjoy every single mouthful.
you've never tasted spinach like this
before. And no gas.







PS:  Here is one of my recipes

Spinach Salad with Crispy Bacon, Feta Cheese and Cashew nuts.
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Serves: 4 - 6
1/2 pound sliced bacon
1 cup salted cashew nuts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon whole grain or Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 pound fresh baby spinach, drained


1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread bacon pieces on a baking
sheet and grill until golden,
Remove from oven and set aside.


Make vinaigrette dressing by combining olive oil, maple
syrup, mustard and salt and blending until smooth.

Place spinach in a large salad bowl, pour dressing over
and toss to coat.  Divide spinach among 4 - 6 salad plates.
Top with cheese and cashew nuts.


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Alzheimers, Asthma, Beta-Carotene, Cataracts, Cholesterol, Eye Disease, Fiber, Folate, Healthy Foods, Heart Attack Or Stroke, Hemoglobin, Lutein, Omega 3, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spinach, Vitamin C, Vitamin K

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As Andre' Hartslief, I strongly believe, that In life, there are no justified resentments.”We the old legends will become relics and fade away, while new giants emerge in our world of sobering truths.

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author avatar Denise O
15th Jan 2011 (#)

Good info on spinach, love the stuff myself. Also a very tasty sounding recipe.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
20th Jan 2011 (#)

Thank you Denise, You really must try it, it's addictive!

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author avatar Retired
28th Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks for the great infor.

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author avatar Uma Shankari
2nd Feb 2011 (#)

Great info and great health tips

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author avatar Tranquilpen
3rd Feb 2011 (#)

You're most welcome Uma.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
20th May 2014 (#)

Love spinach...and all your articles Tranquilpen miss seeing your great posts....:0)

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author avatar Tranquilpen
12th Jul 2014 (#)

Hello dear Delicia, nice to hear from you again, thank you for reading my page, regards Andre.

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