Organic Spinach: A Storehouse of Vital Nutrients

Spinach (spinache oleracea) is a popular, mild tasting, pleasant texture, green vegetable loved for its versatility and adaptability. Its many health-giving nutrients can be eaten fresh in salads or cooked as a main dish, incorporated into casseroles, stews, pastas, soups and more. Spinach leaves can also be dried and pulverized into a powder and added to green smoothies to up the iron and fiber content.

General Information

Spinach is a flowering annual plant originating from ancient Persia and later introduced to India and ancient China where it was known as the “Persian vegetable”. Spinach is now grown all over the world even in temperate countries where it is sturdy enough to survive though winter and remain healthy in spring.

Spinach can grow up to 3 feet high. It has simple, bright green ovate to triangular leaves of varying sizes with the larger ones found near the plant’s base and the smaller ones at the tips of the plant’s stem. Spinach bears very tiny, almost inconspicuous flowers which mature into clusters of small fruits containing several seeds.

Nutrients and Benefits

Spinach is a nutrient-dense vegetable. It provides fiber and protein as well as good amounts of minerals such as potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper and zinc. Regarded as one of the best sources of dietary potassium and magnesium, Spinach may help maintain a healthy heart rate and blood pressure and promote good muscle and nerve function.

Spinach also supplies good levels of Vitamins A, C, E, K, and the B vitamins B1, B2 and B6. Its health-enhancing phytonutrients such as the carotenoids, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin help maintain healthy eyesight. Spinach also contains flavonoids for antioxidant protection and alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant which may help in blood glucose control.

About the Author

Morning Wolf

Morning: Spirit: Wolf, Professor and Doctor of Raphaology® Medicine, is an author, lecturer, practicing herbalist and nutritionist, eco-environmentalist, and humanitarian who co-founded College of Raphaology Medicine and Universal College of Indigenous Medicine (UCIM) with her late husband Jonathan: Thunder: Wolf-D.R.M. A lover of earth, animals, elements and plants, Dr. Wolf enjoys the role of alchemist in developing medicinal botanical formulas for the handcrafted liquid extracts of Peak Frequency® Plant Therapy, as well as sharing the practical healing applications learned from indigenous shamans and physicians that counteract modern degenerative systems.

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