Wednesday, May 14, 2008


From Super Foods Health Style by STEVEN G. PRATT, M.D., and KATHY MATTHEWS

Spinach is an all-star SuperFood

A source of:
  • Synergy of multiple nutrients/phytonutrients
  • Low calories
  • Lutein/zeaxathin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids
  • Glutahione
  • Alpha-lipoic acid
  • Vitamins C and E
  • B vitamins (thiamin, ribflavin, B6, folate)
  • Minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc
  • Polyphenols
  • Betaine
  • Coenzyme Q10
SIDEKICKS: kale, collards, Swiss chard, arugula, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, romaine lettuce, orange bell peppers, seaweed

TRY TO EAT: 1 cup steamed or 2 cups raw most days

Research has demonstrated and inverse relationship between spinach consumption and the following:
  • Cardiovascular disease: stroke, coronary artery
  • Cancer
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): age-related vision loss
  • Cataracts
Spinach may help prevent or delay age-related cognitive decline

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