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Benefits Of Spinach For Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetics

Benefits Of Spinach ~ Type 2 DiabetesThe American Diabetes Association denotes spinach as a superfood for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. Low in calories and high in vitamins, spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. One cup of the leafy green vegetable contains far more than your daily requirements of vitamin K and vitamin A, almost all the manganese and folate your body needs and nearly 40 percent of your magnesium requirement. It is a good, very good or excellent source of more than 20 different measurable nutrients, including dietary fiber, calcium and protein. And yet, 1 cup has only 40 calories and is an excellent choice for nutrition without high calories.

Spinach and Antioxidants:

Lutein and zeaxanthin are potent antioxidants and have a vital role in protecting the macula and the retina in general. Research suggests that this amazing superfood can play a vital role in prevention of age related eye problems such as macular degeneration. Spinach is an excellent source of many other antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese. Medical science knows that oxidative stress is a key contributor to numerous health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and an overall decrease in longevity.

Nutrients And Vitamin K:

Spinach provides a rich source of vitamin K, or phylloquinone, and greatly boosts your intake of this nutrient. Vitamin K regulates blood thickness and allows your body to form blood clots after injury. Each ounce of juice provides around 156 milligrams of vitamin K, more than the entire daily recommended intake for both men and women, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. If you take blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin, talk to your doctor before consuming as the juice’s high vitamin K levels might affect the efficacy of your medication.

Protein And Macronutrients:

A 1-cup serving of raw spinach contains only 29 calories, 0.9 gram of protein, 0.1 grams of fat and 1 gram of carbohydrate, including 0.7 grams of fiber. It is a very low-calorie food, so filling up on it, for example in a salad before meals can help keep you from going over your calorie budget for the day.

Spinach And Iron:Benefits Of Spinach ~ Type 2 Diabetes

The mineral iron is particularly important for menstruating women and growing children and adolescents. In comparison to red meat, spinach provides a lot less calories, is fat and cholesterol free, and an excellent source of iron. Because iron is a component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to all body cells, it’s needed for good energy.

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  1. absolutely LOVE Spinach!!! Have it daily and its the perfect replacement for salads 😀

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