9 Facts About Spinach and its Health BenefitsPublished Date:
March 26 is National Spinach Day! How much do you know about this leafy green superfood? Spoiler Alert: Popeye was right about the health benefits of spinach. It’s a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients our bodies need to thrive. Adding more spinach to your diet can give you more energy, improve digestion, and boost your immune system.
In honor of National Spinach Day 2021, we’ve gathered some of our favorite fun facts about spinach and its health benefits. Check ‘em out below:
Fact #1. It’s Ancient & Worldly
The history of spinach dates back to ancient Persia (modern day Iran), where it was first cultivated by farmers somewhere between 200 and 600 A.D. From the middle east, spinach made its way to India, Nepal, and China.
The first written record of spinach shows up in China in 647 A.D. It was brought to Italy in 827 A.D., then later introduced to the rest of Europe. The 16th century Queen of France, Catherine de Medici, loved spinach so much that she ate it during every meal.
Are you a fan of eggs florentine? That’s because of her! Catherine de Medici was born in Florence, so many classic spinach dishes were named “Florentines” in her honor.
Fact #2. Spinach is Mostly Water
Have you ever noticed that a giant bag of raw spinach cooks down to a much smaller amount? That’s because raw spinach is 91% water. Thanks to this high water content, raw spinach is an excellent addition to smoothies and juices.
Eating raw spinach helps you stay hydrated and refreshed. It also assists with digestion, reduces bloating, and eases constipation.
Fact #3. California is the Top Spinach Grower in the United States
Spinach is grown all over the world. In the United States, California produces almost three-quarters of all American spinach. Other states that grow spinach include Arizona, New Jersey, Texas, Colorado, Maryland, and Arkansas.
Fact #4. It’s Rich in Vitamins & Minerals
Despite its high water content, spinach is a nutritional superfood. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that offer many health benefits. One cup of spinach has 56% of your daily value of vitamin A, 14% DV of vitamin C, and a whopping 181% DV of vitamin K!
Spinach is also a rich source of
- Folic acid
- Vitamin B6 and B9
- Vitamin E
Fact #5. Spinach Has Healing Properties
Want to improve your overall health? Eat more spinach! Spinach contains many plant compounds that have natural healing properties. This includes several potent antioxidants which reduce inflammation, boost your immune system, and improve the health of your gut microbiome.
One of the antioxidants in spinach, quercetin, may also help combat allergies, reduce the markers of aging, and improve athletic endurance. Quercetin may also help control blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Fact #6. It Promotes Healthy Vision
One of the big health benefits of spinach is better vision. Spinach contains two carotenoids called zeaxanthin and lutein. Studies suggest that these carotenoids may prevent macular degeneration and lower risk of developing cataracts. They may also protect your eyes from sun damage.
Fact #7. Spinach May Reduce Cancer Risk
Any diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables may help reduce your risk of cancer, and spinach is one of the top leafy green veggies to assist with this. There have been several scientific studies on the cancer-fighting properties of spinach.
Scientists have found that spinach may help prevent certain types of cancer including breast cancer and prostate cancer. It’s believed that the natural plant compounds and antioxidants in spinach slow the growth of cancer cells. They may also help shrink cancerous tumors.
Fact #8. It’s Good for Your Heart
Spinach is one of the best natural sources of nitrates. Nitrates help your body regulate blood pressure levels, which may ease hypertension and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. Some studies have found that spinach also improves overall heart health and cardiovascular function.
Fact #9. Spinach is Versatile & Delicious
Finally, spinach is versatile and delicious! You can eat spinach raw, sauteed, steamed, or cooked in various dishes. Spinach tastes delicious in salads, soups, dips, pasta dishes, smoothies, and more. You can even add spinach to ice cream to sneak more veggies into your diet!
At Little West, we use fresh California-grown spinach in our top selling green juice, The Clover. The Clover is an excellent choice for anyone who wants the health benefits of spinach without the taste. With cold pressed kale, cucumber, celery, spinach, pear, cilantro, mint, and lime, The Clover is sweet, light, and refreshing.
Grab a bottle today at your local Whole Foods in California, Nevada, or Arizona, or order The Clover online. Subscribe at checkout and save 10%.