Spinach is known as the “king of the chlorophyll vegetables” because it is rich in minerals and vitamins and its leaves contain large amounts of chlorophyll. Only 100 grams of spinach has about 1400 milligrams mineral ingredients. Let us see the nutritional composition of the plant with juicy green leaves.
Minerals: this vegetable is the most rich in magnesium (56 milligrams) and iron. It also contains potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iodine and cobalt.
Vitamins: among vitamins, vitamin C is the commonest (60 mg). The entire vitamin B group is consisted in the spinach and the presence of carotene and vitamin A is remarkable as well.
Calorific value: it can be consumed in unspecified amounts as it contains very little protein (2.2%), carbohydrates (3.9%) and fat (0.3%).
Acid: Folic acid contained in the spinach has an important role in the formation of red blood cells. However, spinach contains oxalic acid, whose crystals can narrow kidney channels. This is why people with kidney problems should avoid eating this vegetable. The action of oxalic acid on the body can be alleviated if the spinach is prepared with milk or cream, because oxalic acid binds with calcium from milk producing calcium oxalate that are excreted from the body.
The abundance of vitamins and minerals is sufficient evidence that spinach is useful to almost every organ and process that takes place in the human body. Its efficiency is demonstrated in the following areas:
Cleaning the organism -- the presence of cellulose (620 mg) makes spinach valuable herb for digestion and cleansing the body. Often used against constipation.
Recipe: Take 5-10 g. spinach seed and boil it in 2 dl. of water for 20 minutes. Cover it and allow it to cool down. Strain and drink three times a day after meals.
Return of sight: scientists developed a technique that can extract pigments from spinach in the nerve cells of the cornea. It is believed that these pigments are responsible for the absorption of light and can help in the treatment in some forms of blindness. Scientists hope the bar type partial recovery of patients.