Renewing the Mind, Body, and Spirit through juicing

Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is a nutrition-packed vegetable that can be used all year round to add a nutritional punch to your juicing. Although spinach will tint your juice green, the color change is worthwhile considering the many added benefits that spinach can contribute to your juicing mixture while adding little calories to the overall blend. Although you may lose a lot of the fiber content from juicing spinach, much of the vitamins and mineral still remain in the finished product.

 VITAMIN K

One of the main vitamins that you can obtain from juicing spinach is vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for blood health, especially your blood’s ability to clot properly.

VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is essential for your eyesight, especially your night vision and abilities to see color, juicing a cup of spinach can provide up to 377 percent of your daily requirements for vitamin A.

MANGANESE

You can also obtain up to 84 percent of your daily needs of manganese through adding spinach to your juicing blends. Manganese is an essential mineral which contributes to many parts and processes in your body including bone health and healthy blood sugar levels, and helps with the absorption of other key nutrients such as choline and thiamin.

FOLATE

Spinach also contains up to 65 percent of your daily needs of folate per cup of the vegetable. Folate is a type of B vitamin that helps in the production of new cells as well as to maintain current cells in the body. This vitamin is especially important during pregnancy and infancy when cell production and division is occurring at an accelerated rate, states the National Institutes of Health.

POTASSIUM

Potassium is also prevalent in spinach, providing as much as 25 percent of your daily need in a cup of the vegetable. Potassium is used by your body in many ways including for muscle contraction, heart function, normal digestion and as an electrolyte capable of conducting electric signals in the body.

IRON

Iron can also be obtained through juicing spinach. Iron is important as it helps blood cells transport oxygen, and helps in the differentiation and growth of cells within the body. As much as 35 percent of your daily needs of iron can be obtained through a cup of spinach.

CALCIUM

Calcium can also be obtained through juicing spinach, acting as a good calcium substitute for those who do not like, or are unable to eat or drink dairy products. Calcium is most known for its part in developing healthy bones in your body and preventing disorders such as osteoporosis.

OTHER VITAMINS AND MINERALS

Many other vitamins and minerals can be obtained through juicing spinach including vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin E, copper, magnesium, protein, zinc, selenium, niacin and omega-3 fatty acids.

REFERENCES:

George Mateljan Foundation: Spinach

Nemours Foundation: Vitamins

National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements: Folate

National Institute of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements: Iron

 

Juice of the Day:

Handful spinach

2 cups Watermelon

1 Pineapple slice

2 Blackberries

3 raspberries

1/8 cup Blueberries

1 Tbs Chia seeds

1Tbs Goji Berries

Water

Benefits of Spinach

Cheers!

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Tag Cloud