America is the #2 producer of spinach on Earth. Yet, Americans don't much of this power-packed green vegetable. Research is showing that even a few ounces can give you big returns on your long term health. In this video review, I share 8 benefits of this green leafy vegetable that most people are not aware of. How many of these effects did you know?
Spinach Health Benefits Review
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What About Thylakoid Supplements?
As mentioned in the video, green vegetable thylakoids are getting attention in the world of spinach, insulin sensitivity, and weight loss research. Thylakoids are membrane protein structures in green vegetables that take part in photosynthesis. Research suggests they may have health benefits for humans too. If you don't like leafy veggies themselves, some green supplements mention they contain spinach thylakoids too. It's too soon to know if most of these supplements work.
As the research on thylakoids and weight loss start to be known you will be hearing much more about them. Most thylakoid supplements lack clinical evidence. So, when in doubt, it may be better to eat green vegetables.
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Spinach cultigen variation for tissue carotenoid concentrations influences human serum carotenoid levels and macular pigment optical density following a 12-week dietary intervention
Hi Joe- Great review and info on the research.
Questions: when you say to 3.5 ounces are spinach, are you referring to ounces by weight of raw spinach? Any idea how to translate that into cups? From my reading, it seems like cooked spinach is more nutrient-dense than raw or is it just that a larger amount of fresh spinach when cooked, reduces to what seems to be a small amount?
I usually buy my spinach fresh and either add raw to smoothies or cook.
Joe Cannon says
Judy, thanks so much! In some of the studies, they gave people 3.5 oz of boiled spinach. That’s almost 1/2 cup. That will take up less room than frozen spinach if we were to put them in a cup. I put frozen spinach into my smoothies too. I don’t think it matters if you use cooked or boiled. Boiling will remove some of the oxalates in spinach. Oxalates can contribute to kidney stones. Most of the research on spinach and kidney stones I’ve seen have stemmed from people juicing it or eating LOTs of it. That’s far less than what the research has been using.
I would not get bogged down into measuring spinach out to make sure its 3.5 ounces. Since the researchers gave no reason why they picked this amount, its quite possible less will work just as well. I think its more important to eat it regularly. Small amounts -like what you put in smoothies – on a regular basis will likely have the same effect.
I would love to hear more about thylakoids and weight loss. Any plans to do more on this topic?
Joe Cannon says
Jamie, you read my mind. Stay tuned 🙂
Ok I admit, I had no idea spinach could help the brain work better. 11 years!! Thanks for this, Joe
PS, love the videos!
Joe Cannon says
Stephanie, thanks so much! The videos are harder to do but I do enjoy making them.