I'm sure you already knew that spinach was good for you. It follows the rule we have been told time after time as kids, " The greener the food, the better it is for you." This statement couldn't be more true for this leafy green. Spinach is packed full of tons of vitamins and nutrients. In addition, it also contains dietary fiber and protein. What more could you ask for? Well, it turns out that new studies in sweden are revealing that spinach also can provide huge gains in exercise performance.
Old Fallacies Become New Truths
It turns out that Popeye was right! Remember this tv show from the 1960's. Popeye would guzzle down a can of spinach right before he engaged in a tussle. The spinach, when consumed, would make Popeye's muscles grow and increase his energy, ultimately resulting in Popeye's victory. According to this new study in Sweden, this fictional show wasn't far off from spinach's effect on the body. This study showed that the abundance of nitrates in spinach works on the mitochondria to make them work more efficiently. What does that mean? It means during exercise your muscles are producing the same workloads while consuming less oxygen. The result is you can lift more, run longer, and push yourself to higher limits.
The most common way of eating spinach is in a salad, but there are many other options for making this leaf a part of your diet. When cooked, spinach shrivels up and since it has little flavor, it can go unnoticed in almost any meal. Put it in your scrambled eggs or your veggie stir fry. Try to eat a little bit of spinach 3 times a week to help you climb the ladder of health.