This plant is an important part of many dishes of Persian cuisine, from where the spread of spinach around the world began.
To date, eating spinach for food is very common in the US and many European countries, but the domestic consumer is just beginning to get acquainted with this useful plant.
The nutritional value
As mentioned earlier, spinach is a very useful product, it is worth noting the strawberry form, which is not only known for its useful properties, but also contains a large number of vitamins and trace elements, so necessary for a person.
The caloric content of this plant is very small – only 22 kcal per 100., While it contains a lot of protein (2.9), very little fat (0.4), and 3.6. carbohydrates.
On average, a bunch of this plant weighs about 50 grams.
In addition, spinach contains vitamins A and C, the amount of which does not change even after heat treatment.
In addition, there is a high content of vitamins such as E, H, K, PP, and group B.
Also, it is rich in microelements (selenium, manganese, potassium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper).
The level of beta-carotene is second only to carrots.
Spinach is useful, primarily for the heart, as it stimulates the functions of the cardiovascular system.
As mentioned earlier, this plant contains vitamins C and A, which are powerful antioxidants, reducing the concentration of free radicals, and also prevent the oxidation of cholesterol.
In addition, the B vitamins contained in this product have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system as a whole.
The carotene entering into its structure nourishes the walls of the arteries, protecting them from damage.
As for the gastrointestinal tract, its condition is rapidly improving under the action of this plant.
Beta-carotene and vitamin C provide protection for the cells of the colon from the harmful activity of free radicals.
Because it contains dietary fiber, it prevents constipation.
Also this valuable natural product has anti-inflammatory properties.
However, the healing properties of this plant are brighter, if the leaves are used fresh.
Keep them recommended for no more than a day and only at low temperatures.
In the warmth, under the negative impact of microorganisms, dangerous nitrogen-acid substances appear on its leaves.
They are undesirable because in the blood they create stable compounds of methhemoglobin, which is harmful, because it interferes with the spread of oxygen in the body.
Application of a plant in medicine
Spinach is very useful for various diagnoses.
It should be noted that this plant is very useful for those who suffer from anemia.
It is also recommended for use in rickets and anemia, scurvy and tuberculosis.
This product of natural origin should also be used in the case of such ailments as hypertension, chronic constipation and hemorrhoids.
Also this plant occupies an important place in the diet of people who suffer from diabetes.
For healthy people, spinach is no less useful, especially for a young organism.
It increases the level of hemoglobin, contributes to an increase in the number of red blood cells.
This plant provides invaluable support to the body, replenishing the stores of vitamins and minerals, which significantly increases the body's resistance to infections.
It is also recommended for dysfunctions of the nervous system, fatigue, disturbances of growth processes in childhood.
It is an easy laxative, slows down the aging process at the cellular level.
It stops the processes of retinal detachment, improves the condition of the pancreas.
It is recommended for people with impaired health and metabolic disorders due to unhealthy lifestyle, as it is easily digested.
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Used in cosmetics
Useful features of this plant are effectively used in cosmetology and perfumery.
It is used in the process of making different lotions for the skin of the face or body.
In cosmetology, it is often used as a basic substance, because it rejuvenates the skin, making it supple.
This property is particularly noticeable with the regular use of face masks, which include this plant.
Thanks to the content of antioxidants and vitamin A in it, the skin sheds dead cells, gaining a new youth.
Rejuvenating mask of spinach:
50-80 gr. spinach boil in milk, using an enamel saucepan over low heat until the consistency of gruel.
Lay the resulting composition on a layer of gauze, then on the skin of the face, neck and décolleté area.
After holding 15 minutes, wash off the mask using warm water or chamomile tea and apply a nourishing cream.
100 grams of spinach thoroughly wash, pour 0,5 cup of boiling water, bringing to softness.
Then cool, add 1 tsp. carrot juice and 1 tsp. honey.
You can also add 0,5 tsp. olive oil.
Mix everything and put between layers of gauze, then apply to the skin of the face, neck and décolleté area.
Rinse off the mask with a slightly warm green tea, then after 5 minutes rinse the skin with cool water and apply a moisturizer.
Application for weight loss
Spinach is an ideal product in dietary nutrition.
There are very few calories in it, but there are substances necessary for health, which is why it is so common in most diets.
Menu for a diet on dishes from spinach
- breakfast – 100 gr. low-fat cottage cheese (2%), baked apples with powdered cinnamon;
- lunch – 150 gr. baked or boiled potatoes (with the addition of carrots, spinach);
- Afternoon snack – 200 gr. fruit salad (you can use fat-free yogurt as a filling);
- dinner – 150 grams of steamed or boiled veal, garnish of stewed carrots, onions and spinach.
- breakfast – 200 gr. salad (spinach greens, boiled chicken eggs, dill, lemon juice, a small amount of olive oil)
- lunch – 150 gr. corn porridge with chopped dill;
- Afternoon snack – 150 gr. boiled chicken without skin and dill and greens of spinach;
- dinner – 200 gr. natural yoghurt without additives 4% fat, a large apple.
- breakfast – 150 gr. salad from raw grated carrots with a spoon filled with corn oil and lemon juice;
- lunch – 150 gr. Vegetarian pilaf (cook from uncooked rice, adding finely chopped spinach leaves);
- Afternoon snack – 200 gr. soup-mashed potatoes;
- dinner – boiled seafood (a portion of sea fish of low-fat varieties) with vegetables and spinach.
When you repeat the course, you must start over from the first day menu.
Harm and contraindications
In addition to useful properties, there are a number of contraindications to the use of spinach:
- kidney stones (because of the high concentration of oxalic acid, spinach can cause stone formation);
- gout (because of the purines that make up the spinach);
- damage, liver disease, gallbladder and duodenum.
It is not ruled out that the plant is allergic, which manifests itself within a few hours after ingestion.
Spinach actively absorbs all the pesticides that are processed during cultivation.
It can negatively affect the functioning of the thyroid gland, although thermal treatment can reduce the concentration of zybogenic substances.
Spinach is a spicy plant that has a sour taste and an unpleasant odor.
It is also valued in the same way, mainly by the high content of proteins in green leaves, the content of which among vegetables is the third.
Dishes from it are unusually useful.
There are so many delicious spinach dishes, which are usually very easy to prepare.
Most often you can find two dishes of spinach and countless of their variations – it's soup and pie.
Here are the easiest recipes of these dishes:
- 0.5 kg of spinach to boil and grind in a blender, or use a prepared puree;
Spinach has very useful properties for both women and men.
Diets on it promote the removal of harmful substances from the body, and cosmetics based on it rejuvenates the skin.
In this case, do not forget about the possible negative effects of plant components on the body and, before applying it, carefully read the indications.
In this video, you will get acquainted with all the useful properties, as well as show several recipes with spinach.