We are often asked, “in addition to proper skin care, what do you do to help stay healthy and fit?” Our answer is multifaceted. The easiest way to keep your body, mind and skin healthy and fit is to eat healthy foods. As many of you read in our Part 1 of eight part Huffington Post series, Pomegranates are one heck of a mighty fruit. Today we share the benefits of spinach. Yes, spinach! We bet there are a few facts that you did not know about this potent veggie.
This leafy green vegetable is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. Spinach is also a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- is high in folates which help to maintain and repair DNA.
- delivers a triple dose of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, which are needed for the growth and repair of your skin cells. All three work in concert to protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays so it stays vibrant and healthy.
- contains iron that is essential to the health of your body and skin, because iron is a necessary component of hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that supplies oxygen to the tissues. Iron deficiency can cause pale, dull skin because of inadequate oxygen delivery.
- provides magnesium that is beneficial in healing skin wounds, acne and infections.
- is a rich source of vitamin A which is essential to the healthy maintenance and function of your skin, by allowing for proper moisture retention in the epidermis, thus fighting psoriasis, keratinization, acne and even wrinkles. Forms of vitamin A called retinoids are used as a topical treatment for various skin conditions, including acne.
- supplies us with flavonoids – a phytonutrient which have been shown to slow down cell division in skin cancer cells.
- also contains neoxanthin and violaxanthin which play an important role in the regulation of inflammatory conditions.
- is nutritionally valuable. A 30g serving of raw spinach contains only 7 calories, 1 gram of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.
Healthy Spinach Recipe links – some help you hide spinach in family favorites. Sometimes being a bit sneaky is just fine.
- Spinach Waffles with Goat Cheese Chantilly
- Silky Spinach Soup
- Spiced Coconut Spinach
- Apple Spinach Smoothie