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Eat Me: Fights asthma, healthy skin… 5 things spinach can do for you

It has a slightly bitter taste but is considered as a functional food due to its nutritional, antioxidants and anti-cancer constituents. It is tender and crispy, and can be used in a variety of cuisines.

Here are five amazing benefits of spinach.

*Asthma prevention

The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is bera- carotene, of which spinach is an excellent source.

*Reduces blood pressure

Due to its high potassium content, spinach is recommended to those with high blood pressure to negate the effects of sodium in the body. Other high potassium foods include potatoes, tomatoes, lima beans and oranges.

*Healthy skin and hair

It is high in vitamin A, which is necessary for sebum production to keep hair moisturised. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

Spinach and other leafy greens high in vitamin C are imperative for the building and maintenance of collagen which provides structure to skin and hair.

*Fetal development

Folate found in spinach is needed by a growing fetus for proper development of its new nervous system. The vitamin A contained in spinach is advised to be consumed in higher quantities by the mother.

Vitamin A is required for the lung development of the fetus as well and can be transferred during breastfeeding, so the vegetable’s consumption should be continued after birth as well.

*Reduces hypertension

Hypertension or high blood pressure is responsible for causing kidney disease, heart ailments, and stroke.

Consuming spinach is beneficial in lowering hypertension as it helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

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