Spinach as an Antioxidant for Benefit of Health


Spinach Health Benefits:
High Cholesterol | Diabetes II | High Blood pressure | Brain and neurological functioning | Anti-inflammatory | Cancer | Antioxidants | Bones | Anemia |s
Spinach Nutrition Facts:
Serving size: 100 g

Nutrients Amount
Energy 97 kJ (23 kcal)
Water 91.4 g
Carbohydrates 3.6 g
Sugars 0.4 g
Dietary fiber 2.2 g
Fat 0.4 g
Protein 2.9 g
Vitamins
Vitamin A equiv. 469 μg
beta-carotene 5626 μg
lutein zeaxanthin 12198 μg
Vitamin A 9377 IU
Thiamine (B1) 0.078 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.189 mg
Niacin (B3) 0.724 mg
Vitamin B6 0.195 mg
Folate (B9) 194 μg
Vitamin C 28 mg
Vitamin E 2 mg
Vitamin K 483 μg
Minerals
Calcium 99 mg
Iron 2.71 mg
Magnesium 79 mg
Manganese 0.897 mg
Phosphorus 49 mg
Potassium 558 mg
Sodium 79 mg
Zinc 0.53 mg

Source: USDA Nutrient Database No. 28
Spinach Health Benefits:
Antioxidants:
Spinach is rich in phytonutrients and epoxy xanthophylls like neoxanthin and violaxanthin, that are two anti-inflammatory compounds. These compounds reduce inflammation and prevent onset of cancer. In addition, Spinach is rich in antioxidant nutrients like Vitamin A, Manganese, Vitamin C and E. All of these antioxidants reduce  risk of diseases due to oxidative stress and prevent onset of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, macular degeneration, and heart diseases.
 
Bones:
Spinach contains the vital micronutrient, Vitamin K. Vitamin K1 prevents activation of osteoclasts, the cells that bring about a breakdown of bones. Moreover, when Vitamin K1 is converted to Vitamin K2 by gut-friendly bacteria, it activates production of osteocalcin, a bone protein, that anchors  calcium in the bones.

Eyes:
Spinach contains carotenoid compound, zeaxanthin, that gets absorbed in retinal macula lutea present in the eyes. The compound provides anti-oxidant and light filtering activities in the eyes, thus protecting eyes from age-related macular degeneration.