Why You Should Be Juicing Spinach
For over 2,000 years, China has used spinach as a food source and for its medicinal qualities. Remarkable abilities have been attributed to spinach, including restoring energy, increasing vitality, and even improving the quality of blood. Now, people that do not like the taste of raw or cooked spinach or just want to get more spinach into their diets can use a juicer to make their own spinach juice.
Juicing ten cups of spinach will produce about a cup of liquid spinach. The spinach juice can be mixed with the juice of other vegetables and fruits to create a delicious glass of concentrated nutrition. Spinach is a nutrient-dense plant. The leafy green vegetable is high in vitamin A, E and C and is also a good source of choline, calcium, iron, potassium and folic acid. Spinach also has a substantial amount of protein per serving to be a vegetable.
Eating or drinking lots of raw green veggies will solve any iron deficiency that your body may have. Spinach has 14 times the iron per calorie than red meat. Spinach is also one of the richest sources of the eye-protecting, cancer-fighting antioxidant lutein. Lutein provides protection against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly. In a recent study, researchers found that study participants who ate high amounts of foods rich in lutein reduced their risk of macular degeneration by 43 percent.
Glutathione and alpha lipoic acid, two other powerful antioxidants, are also found in spinach. The glutathione found in spinach juice is “nature’s master antioxidant,” according to Lester Packer, professor of Molecular cell biology at the University of California. Glutathione has been linked to protecting the DNA from oxidation, detoxifing pollutants and carcinogens in the body, boosting the immune system, aiding healthy cell replication, and reducing chronic inflammation. Alpha lipoic acid is both water soluble and fat soluble, so it can defend every type of human cell from oxidative assaults.
Brussel Sprout – 1 sprout
Cucumber – 1 cucumber
Oranges – 2 fruit
Pineapple – 1/4 fruit
Spinach – 5 handful
Try to get the spinach through first by alternating a hard fruit/vegetable with the spinach as you feed it in.