Do you remember pipe-smoking sailor-man Popeye, whose go-to source for energy and strength was a can of spinach? This old-school cartoon character was onto something…
Spinach as always had a solid nutritional reputation for its ability to boost energy and vitality, and improve the quality of blood. It’s one of the mainstays of the vegetable garden – spinach is a hardy plant that just keeps giving (if you’re a new food gardener, spinach is a definite confidence booster).
In addition to iron, which is essential for the functioning of red blood cells, energy production, and DNA synthesis, spinach is also an excellent source of other minerals.
Potassium – an important component of cell and body fluids that help to control heart rate and blood pressure.
Manganese and copper – used by the body as a co-factor for the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase which, like other antioxidants, protects the body against the free radical damage to cells.