How spinach makes spinach salad healthy, and what to know about the health benefits of the green plant
As we continue to celebrate the best summer ever, we all need to keep in mind that the most important part of summer is actually summer, according to a new study from the U.K. University of Leeds.
The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods around and could help keep us healthy in the winter months.
“The leafy green is known to be a good source of fiber, antioxidants, potassium, folate and vitamin C, which can help improve blood sugar and reduce risk of heart disease,” the researchers wrote in the study.
“In addition, spinach is a good plant source of magnesium, which is known for its role in lowering blood pressure and lowering cholesterol.”
It’s not just spinach.
There are also many other types of green vegetables that can help lower cholesterol, such as lettuce, kale and mustard greens, according the study, which found that all types of greens had the same beneficial effect on cholesterol.
While some vegetables have been known to have beneficial effects on the body, including spinach, the researchers said the research didn’t show any evidence that the greens had any health benefits.
“Many of these greens, especially leafy greens, are high in vitamin C which is a great source of dietary calcium,” study author Dr. David Clark told CNN.
“It’s a very good source for vitamin D.”
Clark also pointed out that the leafy vegetable is also a source of phytonutrients, which are antioxidants that may reduce the amount of free radicals that can damage the body.
“They may have some anti-inflammatory effects in the body,” he said.
“And the vitamin C that’s in spinach is actually quite important, and it may even help reduce inflammation.”
This is the fourth study to examine the health effects of spinach.
The first study in 2011 found that eating spinach was associated with lower rates of cancer.
The second study found that the green leafy veggie has a greater antioxidant capacity, with antioxidants in spinach also helping to lower blood pressure.
The third study found an association between spinach consumption and a reduced risk of developing cancer.
The researchers also found that, despite the health claims, the green is also known to contain a few health risks.
“Soybean contains a compound called daidzein, which has been linked to cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, and this compound has been shown to have anti-nutritional properties,” Clark told HuffPost Live.
“It can cause an inflammatory response and have a negative effect on the brain, and also has anti-viral properties.”
This research has led to some caution about spinach, Clark added.
“I do think that the research is really important to get to the truth about the benefit of eating it and what the health benefit might be,” he added.
“There is still a lot we don’t know.”
“We know that a lot of people eat too much of spinach, and if we could cut back on our consumption of it, it would be very beneficial.”