The Benefits of Spinach Juice

The health benefits of spinach are many. Get this into your juicing regime and reep the rewards!

Spinach has always been touted for its health benefits, but for many people growing up it was a dark gray-green blob on the corner of your plate that you ate with your nostrils pinched shut so you wouldn’t have to taste it. Today, spinach has a more vibrant repertoire: steamed fresh so it looks inviting (and tastes delicious) on your plate, tossed into a delicious (one featuring beets, goat cheese and a warm dressing is one of my favorites) and as a nutritious additive to many delicious fresh juices.

Here are just a few reasons you should seek out more ways to add the health benefits of spinach to your diet:

Protection Against Cancer

The flavonoids in spinach have been shown to slow cell division of stomach and skin cancer cells and protect against the occurrence of aggressive prostrate cancer. Spinach is a rich source of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, as well as vitamins K, A C and E, manganese, folate and iron.

Reduce Inflammation

Spinach is possibly the best source of neoxanthin and violaxanthin, both of which help to regulate inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation can lead to all sorts of major health problems, heart disease to arthritis, sinusitis, bronchitis, diabetes, depression and stroke.

Improve Immune Health with Spinach Juice

Beta-carotene and Vitamin C are both powerful immunity boosters. Beta-carotene has a role in activating your thymus gland, a specialized organ of the immune system. The thymus gland produces T Lymphocytes (T-cells), which are a crucial part of forming a resistance to infect by mold-like bacteria, yeasts, fungi, parasites and viruses. Beta-carotene in the thymus regulates the normal development of T-cells.

Be Good to Your Bones

Vitamin K is essential for the proper formation and activation of Gla proteins, which in turn are essential for proper calcium absorption. The Gla protein osteocalcin allows calcium to bind to your bone matrix while matrix-Gla protein prevents calcium from being deposited in the walls of soft tissues.

Get a Mood Lift

Low-levels of the B-vitamin folate, also known as folic acid, have been associated with depression, including pregnancy and post-partum depression. Folate is critical in the formation of the chemicals that regulate mood, including serotonin, epinephrine and dopamine.

Get More Sun

Beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E working together provide increased protection from the sun’s UV rays, allowing you to reduce the SPF of your sunscreen, get outdoors more, and use those UV rays to synthesize Vitamin D through your skin. Vitamin D is crucial for bone health, and immune system performance, and it may be linked to one’s ability to maintain a health body weight.

These are just a few of the benefits of spinach but these few are more than enough reason everyone should find a way to add more spinach to their diets, cooked, raw and—yum!—juiced.

Take a look here for some great Spinach Juice Recipes

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