By Ross Bridgeford
Please have a look at the most alkaline foods to jumpstart your wellness. Start your day with a delicious smoothie using these ingredients.
ALL leafy greens should be eaten in abundance but spinach is my absolute favourite because it's easy to buy, easy to use in recipes and salads and is delicious. Baby spinach or fully grown spinach are nutritional powerhouses and are incredibly alkaline.
As with all green foods, spinach is rich in chlorophyll (see more about the health benefits of
chlorophyll here), a potent alkaliser and blood builder.
It is also super high in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, vitamin c, vitamin b2, calcium, potassium, vitamin e, dietary fiber...need I go on?
I doubt there is a more all round healthy food on earth and I highly encourage you to eat spinach throughout the day, every day.
Nutrients per 1 Cup
Vitamin K - 1110% RDA
Vitamin A - 337.3% RDA
Manganese - 84% RDA
Folate - 65.7% RDA
Magnesium - 38% RDA
Iron - 35% RDA
Vitamin C - 31% RDA
Vitamin B2 - 27% RDA
Calcium - 25% RDA
Potassium - 23% RDA
Vitamin E - 21% RDA
Fiber - 19% RDA
Energise Alkaline Recipe Containing Spinach:
Research on Spinach
- Spinach as a powerful antioxidant: Manach C, Scalbert A, Morand C, Remesy C, Jimenez L.
Polyphenols: food sources and bioavailability. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 May;79(5):727-47. 2004.
- Spinach intake and ovarian cancer reduction: Gates MA, Tworoger SS, Hecht JL, De Vivo I, Rosner B, Hankinson SE. A prospective study of dietary flavonoid intake and incidence of epithelial ovarian cancer. Int J Cancer. 2007 Apr 30; [Epub ahead of print] 2007.
- Spinach intake and breast cancer: M P Longnecker, P A Newcomb, R Mittendorf, E R Greenberg and W C Willett. Intake of carrots, spinach, and supplements containing vitamin A in relation to risk of breast cancer. 1997. American Association for Cancer Research.
- Spinach and reversing motor and neuronal aging: James A. Joseph1, Barbara Shukitt-Hale1, Natalia A. Denisova1,Donna Bielinski1, Antonio Martin1, John J. McEwen1, and Paula C. Bickford. Reversals of Age-Related Declines in Neuronal Signal Transduction, Cognitive, and Motor Behavioral Deficits with Blueberry, Spinach, or Strawberry Dietary Supplementation. 1999. The Journal of Neuroscience.
Read about the other most alkaline foods here.