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NEW ZEALAND SPINACH HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Posted in GREEN LEAVES VEGETABLES HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Name                          : New Zealand spinach

Scientific Name      : Tetragonia tetragonioides

HEALTH BENEFITS:

New Zealand Spinach or tetragon is a leaf vegetable, grown for its edible leaves and can be used as food or an ornamental plant for ground cover. It is an extremely healthy green leafy vegetable that has succulent, triangular- to oval-shaped leaves that are pale to dark green colored. The health benefits of New Zealand Spinach include its ability to prevents Asthma, thickens hair, protects the nervous system, blood clotting, fatigue, immunity, fights off colds and flu, reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis ,alleviating PMS syndrome and Supports Heart Health.

1. Supports Heart Health

Vitamin K found in New Zealand Spinach has been displayed to help prevent calcification of arteries, one of the main causes of heart attacks. It works by transporting calcium out of the arteries and not allowing it to form into hard, dangerous plaque deposits.

Vitamin K prevents hardening of the arterier because it can keep calcium out of your artery linings and other body tissues, where it can cause damage. This is especially true for vitamin K2, which is the vitamin that is made naturally in the bacteria of your intestines.

Several researches show that vitamin K is an essential nutrient for decreasing inflammation and protecting cells that line blood vessels, including both veins and arteries. Frequent consumption of proper levels of vitamin K is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and decreasing the chances of cardiac arrest. New Zealand Spinach consists of 525.6 µg of vitamin k which is about 438.00% of the daily recommended value.

2. Alleviating PMS syndrome

It is an unavoidable truth that many women suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In these monthly situations, manganese found in New Zealand Spinach helps to ease the mood swings, headaches, depression and irritability to a significant amount. Research have shown an association between low levels of various trace minerals, including manganese, in women who suffered from particularly severe PMS symptoms, therefore supplementation is suggested. Power of manganese on the hormonal function of the body can be quite visible, so speak with a doctor just before using manganese supplementation to help with PMS, since that is also heavily connected to hormones.

3. Reduce Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Low levels of vitamin B6 is related with increased symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), including more severe pain. Earlier research has discovered that people with RA may need more vitamin B6 than healthy people because they experience ongoing muscle aches and joint pain because of prolonged inflammation. New Zealand Spinach consists of sufficient amount of Vitamin B6 which helps in curbing pain and can be beneficial in supplement form for controlling aches in the muscles and joints due to arthritis.

4. Fights off Colds and Flu

Vitamin C is extremely beneficial for immune system and plays a big role in your body’s capability to fight off colds and viruses. 1000 mg of Vitamin C is sufficient to fight off an oncoming cold and 4000 mg per day to get rid of a cold which is previously in your system. Apart from that taking vitamin C for colds and flu can help to reduce the risk of developing further complications, like pneumonia and lung infections. New Zealand Spinach consists of 28.8 mg of Vitamin C which is 32.00% of the daily recommended value.

5. Immunity

Copper is a vital part of the healing process and ensures better wound healing. Copper that is found adequately in New Zealand Spinach acts as an exceptionally good immunity builder, and it also works as a cure for anemia, which allows the body to both defend itself better and heal itself faster. Copper is a co-factor in numerous enzymatic processes that result in endothelial growth, or the healing process of tissue.

6. Fatigue

New Zealand Spinach is extremely beneficial to get rid of chronic fatigue as it consists of ample amount of Iron. Iron is an essential component of hemoglobin, the deficiency caused by iron perhaps lead to exhaustion. Therefore, it is recommended including iron-rich food into your daily diet to keep the body healthy and energetic.

7. Blood Clotting

New Zealand Spinach is extremely important to regulate blood clotting, due to the role in amalgamation of prothrombium because it consists of considerable amount of vitamin K. Blood clotting consists of a set of molecules, that constantly circulating through the bloodstream. Vitamin K helps in the regulation of blood clotting simply by transporting calcium around the body. Protein Z helps in increasing the action done by thrombin so as to encourage an association with phospholipids that are present in cell membranes. Vitamin K2 helps in improving blood disorders called myelodyplastic syndromes.

8. Protects the Nervous System

Vitamin B2 is essential for treating several nervous system conditions like numbness, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, anxiety and epilepsy, among others. It is supposed that riboflavin, when used along with vitamin B6, is effective for treating the painful symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

9. Thickens Hair

Since Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, it helps to decrease environmental damage to your hair. It promotes circulation to the scalp. Vitamin E oil can maintain the natural moisture in your skin, which will help your scalp from becoming dry and flakey. Apart from that Vitamin E will also make your hair look healthier and fresher. You can apply a few drops of vitamin E oil on your hair, particularly if it is looking dry and dull. New Zealand Spinach consists of 2.21 mg of Vitamin E which is 14.73% of the daily recommended value.

10. Prevents Asthma

Patients suffering from long-lasting asthma may be able to stabilize their breathing with the help of magnesium supplements which help in relaxing the bronchial muscles as well as regulating breathing. Even wheezing and breathlessness can be calmed through administration of intravenous magnesium.

MINERALS:

Serving Size: 1 Cup,180 g

 

Calories 22 Kcal

Calories from Fat 2.79 Kcal

PROXIMITY

AMOUNT

% DV

Water

170.64 g

N/D

Water

170.64 g

N/D

Energy

22 Kcal

N/D

Energy

92 kJ

N/D

Protein

2.34 g

4.68%

Total Fat (lipid)

0.31 g

0.89%

Ash

2.88 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

3.83 g

2.95%

Total dietary Fiber

2.5 g

6.58%

Total Sugars

0.45 g

N/D

MINERALS

Calcium, Ca

86 mg

8.60%

Iron, Fe

1.19 mg

14.88%

Magnesium, Mg

58 mg

13.81%

Phosphorus, P

40 mg

5.71%

Potassium, K

184 mg

3.91%

Sodium, Na

193 mg

12.87%

Zinc, Zn

0.56 mg

5.09%

Copper, Cu

0.139 mg

15.44%

Manganese, Mn

0.947 mg

41.17%

Selenium, Se

1.6 µg

2.91%

VITAMINS

WATER SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

0.054 mg

4.50%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.193 mg

14.85%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

0.702 mg

4.39%

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

0.461 mg

9.22%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.427 mg

32.85%

Vitamin B9 (Folate)

14 µg

3.50%

Folate, food

14 µg

N/D

Folate, DEF

14 µg

N/D

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

28.8 mg

32.00%

FAT SOLUBLE VITAMINS

Vitamin A, RAE

 µg

0.00%

Vitamin A, IU

6520 IU

N/D

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

2.21 mg

14.73%

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

525.6 µg

438.00%

LIPIDS

Fatty acids, total saturated

0.049 g

N/D

Myristic acid  14:00(Tetradecanoic acid)

0.007 g

N/D

Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)

0.036 g

N/D

Stearic acid 18:00 (Octadecanoic acid)

0.004 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total monounsaturated

0.009 g

N/D

Palmitoleic acid 16:1 (hexadecenoic acid)

0.004 g

N/D

Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid)

0.004 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.128 g

N/D

Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)

0.02 g

N/D

Linolenic acid 18:3 (Octadecatrienoic acid)

0.101 g

N/D*Above

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