Spinach Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Spinacia oleracea

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants, iron, calcium, along with a long list of other vitamins and minerals. Boiling spinach can significantly ruin its nutritional profile.
According to recent studies of Spinach, fresh Spinach leaves have found to be anticancergenic.
Spinach is renowned for having a high iron content.
The Arabians traditionally used Spinach for throat and lung affections.
Spinach contains oxalic acid, a substances that inhibits the absorption of calcium into the body.

Typical Use

Suggested Dosage: 1-3 tbsp. of Spinach powder 1-3 times a day.

Folklore and History

Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia. The earliest available record of the spinach plant was recorded in Chinese, stating it was introduced into China via Nepal.
The cartoon character Popeye the Sailor Man is portrayed as having a strong affinity for spinach, becoming physically stronger after consuming it. The commonly accepted version of events states this portrayal was based on faulty calculations of the iron content. In the version, German scientist Emil von Wolff misplaced a decimal point in an 1870 measurement of spinach's iron content, leading to an iron value 10 times higher than it should have been, and this faulty measurement was not noticed until the 1930s.

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