I’m probably aging myself but for those of you who remember the old Popeye cartoons, remember what happened when he ate spinach? He got muscles!! While spinach may not instantly add inches to your biceps, it is a powerhouse of a food. There was a reason that you mom told you to each your spinach. Spinach has many benefits. It helps your skin, your hair, your bones, and is very low in calories.
Here are two different articles that talk about the health benefits of spinach. The authors talk about how this superfood can help your blood pressure, help you feel full longer, and also lessen those sugar cravings.
Health benefits of spinach
Dr. Mercola on his website http://foodfacts.mercola.com/spinach.html says, “Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
“Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.”
TheRawFoodWorld.com sites some of the same and additional health benefits of spinach including lowering blood pressure, managing blood sugar, and even lower your risk of cancer. “A new study examined how consuming spinach extract can reduce hunger and cravings… Sixty participants that were classified as overweight or obese either took the spinach extract or a placebo. Researchers completed blood samples to examine their lipid and glucose levels before a normal breakfast. Following breakfast, participants took a dose of the extract, followed by a standard lunch and pizza four hours later.”
More spinach benefits: Reduces urge for sweets
Raw Food World continues, “The results showed that the spinach extract increase satiety over a two-hour period when compared with the placebo. Women reported a reduced urge for sweets following the spinach extract. Aother study from Lund University in Sweden reports that the thylakoids of spinach boost weight loss by nearly 43 percent, and curbed food cravings by 95 percent!”
The study reported that when the participants had a drink high in the spinach extract before breakfast that they experienced fewer cravings throughout the day. Raw Food World continues by saying, “The women who consumed their green juice first thing in the morning were able to stick to three meals a day and did not struggle with cravings throughout the day. The researchers found that the spinach juice slowed the digestion process and gave the intestinal hormone time to be released and signaled to the brain that the body is satisfied.”
So maybe Popeye ate his spinach for muscles but if you’re looking to curb those sugar cravings, go green!