Spinach’s “Hidden” Health Benefits?

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Spinach is well known as one of the most nutritious vegetables, but does it have “hidden” health benefits? According to the Organic Jar blog, it does:

Beyond the iron that Popeye was yearning for, spinach contains carotenoids, antioxidants, vitamin K, coenzyme Q10, B vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, polyphenols, betaine and, interestingly, plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids

All of this is certainly true, though the amount of omega-3s in spinach are pretty low, and plant-derived omega-3s can’t even be used by the body.

Organic Jar also says:

The highest vegetable protein around! One cup of spinach equals 5g of protein. (12% DV)

This seems way too high! I’m not sure where they get this information because they don’t list sources. Same with their list of “hidden” health benefits. There’s no way to know if they’re valid because the actual scientific studies aren’t referenced.
While spinach’s health benefits are anything but hidden, the research behind the health claims are!

At Super Human Foods, we always list our sources because there’s so much junk science out there in the world of nutrition.