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The Super-Green Powers of Spinach

The Super-Green Powers of Spinach

The Super-Green Powers of Spinach

 

A key ingredient in our Smart Food formulation is the “super green” spinach. Spinach is not only a fantastic source of minerals such as iron & calcium, but it is also packed with antioxidant powers and carotenoids. 

 

This dark green, leafy vegetable is an excellent source of antioxidants for your body. Among the wealth of antioxidant properties of spinach, there are phenols, polyphenols & flavonoids all present within every serving of spinach. [1] Several studies suggest that spinach - through lutein - reduces oxidative stress in the body. [2] [3] [4] Spinach is one of the greatest plant sources of the carotenoid lutein. [1]

 

Lutein has many benefits - included in these benefits are positive effects on vision and prevention of issues such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, both of which are supported by a number of studies on human lutein supplementation. [5] Along with these benefits, lutein is also an anti-inflammatory agent - which may be attributed to it’s positive influence on neuroprotection. [5] Spinach also possesses anti-inflammatories due to the presence of lutein.

 

Spinach contains a number of vitamins and minerals which are key to the normal functioning of the human body on a daily basis. This dark green leaf is a great plant-based source of the minerals iron and calcium & also vitamin B9 (or folic acid). Iron can aid in the synthesis of red blood cells and in the protection against fatigue & tiredness - it can also be very beneficial for pregnant women with low iron levels to consume extra iron in their diet, and spinach is a great way to gain the benefits of iron. [6] Folic acid is also a very important inclusion in the diet of pregnant women as it is essential in the early stages of fetus development & growth. [7]

 

Spinach is a versatile source of many nutrients and its inclusion in our formula is another reason why Whole Supp is designed to support your body as it tackles whatever life might throw at us.

References

 

[1] Functional properties of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) phytochemicals and bioactives - Food & Function (RSC Publishing) 

[2] Consumption of vegetables reduces genetic damage in humans: first results of a human intervention trial with carotenoid-rich foods. | Carcinogenesis | Oxford Academic

[3] Spinach and tomato consumption increases lymphocyte DNA resistance to oxidative stress but this is not related to cell carotenoid concentrations | SpringerLink

[4] Food Matrix of Spinach Is a Limiting Factor in Determining the Bioavailability of β-Carotene and to a Lesser Extent of Lutein in Humans | The Journal of Nutrition | Oxford Academic

[5] Potential health benefits of carotenoid lutein: An updated review - ScienceDirect 

[6] IRON: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews

[7] Folic acid for pregnancy: Benefits, when to take, and how much 

May 17, 2022• Posted by Darren O’Reilly

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