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:
A rich source of dietary fibre, spinach aids digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating thus aiding weight loss.
Flavonoids -- a phytonutrient abundant in spinach offers protection against stomach, skin and aggressive prostate cancer.
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.
Antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin in spinach protect the eye from cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
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.