Spinach is plentiful in the B vitamins which have important functions in the metabolism of the foods we eat. The B vitamins work alongside our metabolic processes and ensure energy gets released for our use. Without the B vitamins, metabolism can be less effective and contribute to fatigue and tiredness.
Spinach is a notable source of folate, the B vitamin which enables the healthy synthesis of proteins and DNA, especially important pre conception for preventing neural tube defects.
Spinach is an excellent source of magnesium, which has been suggested as being a calming mineral as it helps the smooth transmission of signals for nerve and muscle activity. The B vitamins Niacin (B3) and Pantothenic Acid (B5) are also anti anxiety vitamins and can be found in spinach.
Alongside being a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and sodium, spinach also is healthy source of beta carotene, vitamins C and K. Spinach also contains the phytonutrient Lutein which has been linked with protecting the eyes from degeneration, particularly the formation of cataracts. Lutein is also an antioxidant.
Information supplied by Steph Askeur