Spinach powder is created by grinding dried spinach leaves into a fine powder. This process retains most of the health-promoting nutrients of spinach while offering a more convenient way to consume this leafy green vegetable.
Health Benefits of Spinach Powder
The health benefits of spinach powder are many.
Spinach Powder is Nutrient-Rich
Spinach is a true superfood packed with vitamins and minerals. At just 23 calories per 100 grams (3.5 ounces), spinach contains:1
- Protein: 2.9 g
- Carbs: 3.6 g
- Fiber: 2.2 g
- Fat: 0.4 g
Most of the carb content in spinach comes from fiber, which is super-filling while supporting the gastrointestinal system and defending against several health conditions and diseases.2
Vitamins and mineral in spinach powder include:3
- Vitamin A from carotenoids: Essential for visual function
- Vitamin C: A potent antioxidant that supports immune function and collagen production
- Iron: An essential mineral needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen throughout the body.
- Calcium: An essential mineral needed for strong bones.
Spinach also contains vitamin K, magnesium, folate, potassium, vitamin B-2...the list goes on and on.
Spinach Powder is Loaded with Antioxidants
In addition to health-promoting vitamins, minerals, and fiber, spinach powder also contains a host of antioxidants that can help prevent or reduce free radical damage to cells. (Free radicals are associated with several conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and cancer.)4
Research shows antioxidants may also soothe inflammation, due to its rich polyphenol content. (Polyphenols are natural compounds that occur in plants.) This is great news, considering that chronic inflammation is associated with several conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.5, 6
Spinach Powder Supports Brain Health
Research shows spinach may also help keep your brain sharp.
A study published in the January 2018 edition of Neurology found that eating 1 serving (half a cup cooked or 1 cup raw) of green leafy vegetables like spinach per day may slow age-related cognitive decline. In addition, the researchers found an association between the quantity of green leafy vegetables consumed and the rate of cognitive decline, ie, those who consumed more leafy greens enjoyed a higher level of cognitive benefits.7
The researchers theorized that phylloquinone, lutein and folate in green leafy vegetables were the main nutrients that slowed cognitive decline.8
It should be noted that this is not the only study that shows an association between the consumption of green leafy vegetables and cognitive health. Research strongly suggests that increasing your intake of green leafy and other cruciferous vegetables may be the best thing you can do for your brain, especially as you age.9
The Spinach Powder Solution
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1- U.S. Department of Agriculture. Spinach, Raw. FoodData Central. USDA. Oct 30, 2020. Accessed Jan 18, 2021. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/1103136/nutrients
2- Otles S, Ozgoz S. Health effects of dietary fiber. Acta Sci Pol Technol Aliment. 2014 Apr-Jun;13(2):191-202. PMID: 24876314.
3- Tang G. Chapter 25 - Spinach and Carrots: Vitamin A and Health. Bioactive Foods in Promoting Health. Fruits and Vegetables. 2010, Pages 381-392. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780123746283000256
4- Villines Z.How do free radicals affect the body? MedicalNewsToday. Jul 29, 2017. Accessed Jan 18, 2021. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318652
5- Roughani A, Miri, SM. Spinach: An important green leafy vegetable and medicinal herb. Conference: The 2nd International Conference on Medicinal Plants, Organic Farming, Natural and Pharmaceutical IngredientsAt: Mashhad, Iran. Feb 2019. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/329699312_Spinach_An_important_green_leafy_vegetable_and_medicinal_herb
6- Hunter P. The inflammation theory of disease. The growing realization that chronic inflammation is crucial in many diseases opens new avenues for treatment. EMBO Rep. 2012;13(11):968-970. doi:10.1038/embor.2012.142
7- Morris MC, et al. Nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables and cognitive decline. Neurology. 2017 90:e214-e222. Research supported by NIA grants R01 AG031553 and R01 AG17917.
8- Morris MC, et al. Nutrients and bioactives in green leafy vegetables and cognitive decline. Neurology. 2017 90:e214-e222. Research supported by NIA grants R01 AG031553 and R01 AG17917.
9- Kang JH, Ascherio A, Grodstein F. Fruit and vegetable consumption and cognitive decline in aging women. Ann Neurol. 2005 May;57(5):713-20. doi: 10.1002/ana.20476. PMID: 15852398.