Spinach is an edible annual plant that belongs to the Amaranthaceae family. It’s native to Southwester and central Asia though it’s thought to have originated in ancient Persia. What experts do know is that spinach is incredibly rich in essential nutrients! That’s why spinach is a popular ingredient in salads and smoothies. But it’s best taken freshly juiced. Below are just some of the many wonderful health benefits of spinach juice.
Low in Calories, High in Fiber
Spinach is the ultimate dieter’s food. Spinach juice is a refreshing, nutrient-rich beverage! It’s an excellent source of fiber but low in calories. A cup of spinach juice yields just 28 calories and less than 1 gram of fat. It’s also loaded with dietary fiber, about 2.5 grams in the same size serving. For reference, men should take 38 grams of fiber daily. Women should take 28 grams.
Fiber bulks up the stool protects from cardiovascular diseases and cleanses the colon. It also binds with fat to prevent total absorption into the bloodstream.
Prevents Arterial Disorders
A single serving of spinach juice is all you need to satisfy your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin K. A cup of spinach contains over 580 micrograms of vitamin K. Vitamin K is an essential nutrient that thins out the blood and prevent arterial disorders. For reference, adult men’s vitamin K RDA is about 120 micrograms. Women should take 90 micrograms of vitamin K daily.
Apart from thinning out the blood, vitamin K prevents blood clotting. It helps the blood coagulate preventing strokes or thrombosis. This nutrient also protects from abnormal bleeding, bruising and slow healing of minor cuts and abrasions. Even better, vitamin K facilitates in the efficient absorption of calcium. So when paired with calcium, vitamin K keeps the bones and teeth strong!
High in Calcium
Drinking a single serving of fresh spinach juice will satisfy 12% of your recommended dietary allowance of calcium! That’s because spinach juice packs in 119 milligrams of calcium per serving. According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the RDA of calcium for adults is 1,000 milligrams.
Calcium is an essential mineral that build strong bones and teeth. It also aids in muscle and blood vessel contractions. Calcium also aids in proper nerve function. Those who are calcium deficient have the highest risk of developing bone disease including osteoporosis.
Aids in Digestion
Consuming spinach juice also prevents digestive problems – including constipation, ulcer, and symptoms of hyperacidity. Spinach juice creates a protective layer in the stomach lining. This layer inhibits the formation of ulcers. The fiber in spinach juice also keeps the digestive tract healthy. Drinking spinach juice also cleanses the colon.
Keeps the Skin Younger-Looking
One of spinach juice’s lesser known benefits is it keeps the skin super healthy and younger-looking. That’s because a serving of spinach juice is chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals. If you suffer from dry skin or sensitive skin, start drinking spinach juice and you will see the difference right away. Your skin will become clearer, more radiant!