Five reasons why you should eat spinach

Zee Media Bureau/Liji Varghese

New Delhi: Spinach the green leafy vegetable which is the source of Popeye`s strength, is a winter superfood packed with immense nutrients.

Here are a few health benefits of spinach:

  1. A rich source of dietary fibre, spinach aids digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating thus aiding weight loss.

  2. Flavonoids -- a phytonutrient abundant in spinach offers protection against stomach, skin and aggressive prostate cancer.

  3. An excellent source of antioxidant nutrients - vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium - it helps decrease risk of several blood vessel-related problems, including atherosclerosis, osteoporosis and high blood pressure.

  4. Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in spinach protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.

  5. Vitamin K abundant in spinach is important for maintaining the strength and density of the bones. Vitamin K1 helps prevent excessive activation of osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone.