Spinacia Oleracea

The creators of Popeye knew what they were doing when they used Spinach as his source of strength, though canned is a poor source of Spinach.  One cup of fresh Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse containing these important vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A 4,460 IU, C 28 mg, biotin 3.5 mg, E 1.25 mg, magnesium 44 mg, manganese .42 mg, zinc 0.5 mg,  Minerals: calcium 51 mg, phosphorus 28 mg, iron 1.7 mg, sodium 39 mg, potassium 259 mg.

Spinach is thought to have originated in ancient Persia (Iran).   Spinach made its way to China in the 7th century when the king of Nepal sent it as a gift to this country.   Spinach has a much more recent history in Europe than many other vegetable.   It was only brought to that continent in the 11th century, when the Moors introduced it into Spain.   In fact, for a while, spinach was known as "the Spanish vegetable" in England.

Spinach was the favorite vegetable of Catherine de Medici, a historical figure in the 16th century.   When she left her home of Florence, Italy, to marry the king of France, she brought along her own cooks, who could prepare spinach the ways that she especially liked.   Since this time, dishes prepared on a bed of spinach are referred to as "a la Florentine."

Spinach, originally found in Eastern Europe and Asia, can now be found in every corner of the globe.  It is a fleshy-leafed annual that forms a heavy rosette of broad crinkly, tender leaves, where the high content of vitamins and minerals are found.  There are basically three types of Spinach based on the leaf type: the Savoy, which has crinkly leaves, the Simi-Savoy, whose leaves are not quite as crinkly, and the Flat leaf. 

Spinach is also considered another one of the top super foods.  An excellent source of chlorophyll which is a magnesium complex created by plant photosynthesis.  The chlorophyll, along with the vitamins and minerals, cleanse and build the body by stimulating and toning the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, blood and lymph systems, and the large intestine (colon).

Spinach also contains oxalic acid, which among other attributes has a mild stimulating effect on the colon"s peristaltic motion; this motion is a natural wave like motion that moves matter through the colon.  This peristaltic action, which leads to bowel movements of two to three times a day, has been compromised by many people due to poor eating and bowel habits    

Spinach juice because of its concentration of alkaline minerals also has a strengthening effect on the teeth and gums.  The juice can stop bleeding gums, pyorrhea (a mild form of scurvy), and fibroid degeneration of the pulp of the teeth.  These problems originate from the use of devitalized foods, such as refined breads and cereals, sugar, rice, and other deficiency fast foods.   

Other medicinal uses for Spinach:
Anemia, Cancer, Circulatory Weakness, Colitis, Constipation, Diabetes, Eye Disorders, Kidney Disorders, Liver Disorders, Nervous Diseases, Pyorrhea, Skin Disorders, Poor Digestion, Thyroid Gland Regulation, Arthritis, Swelling of Limbs, loss of Vigor, Rheumatism, Heart Problems.

The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Heinerman"s Encyclopedia of Healing Juices by John Heinerman, Parker Publishing Company, NY, 1994
Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Steve Meyerowitz, Dist. Book Pub. Co. 2002
Planetary Herbology, Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., Lotus Press, 1988 


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