It’s Fresh Spinach Day!
I never tried spinach until I was in my thirties. Growing up I was told by my parents that it tasted terrible and therefore it was never purchased or served in our house.
Today I love to eat fresh spinach! I have eaten a salad that was fresh spinach and tomatoes. Drizzled with a poppy seed dressing. Delicious!
Today’s post is going to be focused on how spinach can benefit those of us with autoimmune disorders.
Iron-deficiency anemia. I wrote a blog post titled, “What is Anemia?” My doctor told me that I had an iron deficiency. Did you know that anemia can be cause by other autoimmune conditions?
Anemia associated with other conditions usually occurs when there are too few hormones necessary for red blood cell production. Conditions causing this type of anemia include the following:
- Advanced kidney disease
- Other chronic diseases, such as cancer, infection, lupus, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Old age
Reason #1 to add spinach to your diet:
Spinach is the richest source of iron among other vegetables. One hundred grams contains 2.7 mg of iron.
There are many autoimmune disorders that can and do affect our eyes. In a recent post, “14 Autoimmune Disorders that Affect the Eyes” I wrote about the many different ways our eyes are affected and the symptoms we can encounter. Dryness, redness, blindness and cataracts.
Reason #2 to add spinach to your diet:
Inflammation. I think just about everybody on the planet deals with inflammation some time, but living with autoimmune disorders, we are fighting it constantly. I know personally I have inflammation in my mouth, on my skin, and in my eyes. That is the inflammation I can see. Other types of inflammation are internal.
Spinach has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it’s often recommended by dentists as a supportive measure to treat inflammation in the gums and throat.
Reason #3 to add spinach to your diet:
Cataracts. June was cataract awareness month. I wrote about the symptoms of cataracts and that I have six out of seven. I am going to my eye doctor this weekend and I’ll found out how those little buggers are progressing. Anyway, lutein and zea-xanthin are two anti-oxidants that help with cataracts.
Spinach reduces the risk of cataracts due to its high content of such strong antioxidants as lutein and zea-xanthin. Lutein and zea-xanthin reduce the negative effects of free radicals and UV rays, both of which lead to cataracts.
Spinach is extremely rich in vitamin A, as a hundred grams provide 9376 IU of vitamin A, which is 188% of the daily value intake.
Popeye was right about spinach: dark green, leafy vegetables are the healthiest food on the planet. As whole foods go, they offer the most nutrition per calorie. ~ Michael Greger
In the comment section below, share your favorite way to serve spinach, fresh or cooked.