The iconic comic character Popeye can arguably be credited with spreading the word on spinach, encouraging people to eat more of the superfood because of its connection with the sailor man’s superhuman strength. As Popeye said in his theme song, “I’m strong to the finish, ’cause I eats me spinach.”
What helps give Popeye strength is the high vitamin A content and iron contained within the superfood. Iron helps control aging, while vitamin A is a core anti-aging vitamin. Spinach also contains strong amounts of vitamins C and K, which means it should most definitely be part of your anti-aging diet. Other nutrient properties of the superfood include high levels of folate, carotenes, chlorophyll, magnesium, manganese, and vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and E.
Superfood Power #1: Skin Appears Youthful
The vitamin C in spinach is an important antioxidant that protects your skin from free radical damage that results from a poor anti-aging diet or exposure to cigarette smoke, pollution, and UV rays. When you consume vitamin C-rich superfoods like spinach, it can improve the production of collagen in your body, which improves your skin’s ability to heal while making it look firmer and more youthful. The vitamin B in the superfood also helps protect your skin against UV rays, while vitamin A exfoliates the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, slows down age-related degeneration, and prevents premature aging. So, for all we know, Popeye may have been a lot older than he looked.
Superfood Power #2: Helps Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
Vitamins K and A in spinach help to get rid of dark circles under your eyes. Most people assume dark circles and bags under the eyes are just caused by a lack of sleep or old age, but there are several other culprits, such as hormones, allergies, and heredity. Dark circles and bags under the eyes can also be caused by broken capillaries that result in tiny blood clots. The vitamins in this superfood can get rid of that problem by helping to repair damaged capillaries and breaking up the clots, therefore helping to get rid of the dark circles that they create under your eyes.
Superfood Power #3: Maintains a Healthy Weight
When spinach is part of your anti-aging diet, you can expect to lose weight, or at least maintain a healthy size. There are only 41 calories per cup of this superfood. Plus, the iron in spinach helps to maintain the flow of oxygen through your body, which ensures that all of your tissues are getting the constant supply of oxygen they need to function properly. Iron also increases your metabolism, which increases energy and improves your body’s ability to burn dietary calories.
Superfood Power #4: Reduces the Risk of Age-Related Diseases
When you look youthful, it usually means your health is also up to par. Spinach is a superfood because it keeps you healthy from the inside out by fighting several common age-related diseases. The magnesium in spinach helps stabilize blood sugar levels, which keeps diabetes in check. You can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease with spinach’s folic acid (vitamin B9), which also assists against heart disease. The carotenes and 13 different flavonoids allow the superfood’s antioxidants to act as an anticancer. Furthermore, the iron in spinach is beneficial for preventing anemia, a condition characterized by a dangerously low rate of red blood cells.
People with kidney failure should consult their nephrologists before adding spinach to their anti-aging diet, as the superfood can disturb calcium metabolism.
Individuals with osteoporosis should also discuss with their health practitioner about the best way to add spinach to their anti-aging diet. Although the superfood is a great source of calcium, it’s also high in oxalates, which interfere with your bones’ ability to absorb the calcium. Osteoporosis patients can still reap the benefits of this superfood, but should combine it with other calcium sources.
Spinach is a superfood whether it’s eaten raw or cooked. But when it’s cooked, it’s better able to supply your body with antioxidants.
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