Full of nutrients and delicious taste, spinach is a winter superfood. But what's the best
way to eat it? Read the following surprising facts about this leafy green:

•It's wiser to choose tender baby spinach leaves. The larger the leaves, the more mature
they are and more likely to be tough or stringy. Also, spinach leaves that are placed under
direct light in the stores have been found to contain more nutrients than those stored in
darkness.

•Cooking spinach actually increases its health benefits! Just half a cup of cooked spinach
will give you thrice as much nutrition as one cup of raw spinach. That's because the body
cannot completely break down the nutrients in raw spinach for its use.

•As an exception to the advice above, research studies show that taking spinach in juice
form is actually the healthiest way to consume it. Blend spinach with other vegetables or
fruits to create a delicious glass of juice, or try a green smoothie.

•There's a compound in spinach called oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium
and iron. An easy way to solve this problem is to pair spinach with a food high in vitamin
C. Mandarin oranges and cantaloupes spring to mind here. Another way to reduce the
power of oxalic acid is to boil the spinach leaves for at least two minutes.

•Freezing spinach diminishes its health benefits. The way to get the best from the leaf is
to buy it fresh and eat it the same day.

•Everyone talks about the benefits of spinach in nourishing the eyes and building bones.
What few know is that it also very good for digestion. Spinach eases constipation and
protects the mucus lining of the stomach, so that you stay free of ulcers.  It also flushes
out toxins from the colon.

•Another lesser known benefit of spinach is its role in skin care. The bounty of vitamins
and minerals in spinach can bring you quick relief from dry, itchy skin and lavish you with
a radiant complexion. Regular consumption of fresh, organic spinach juice has been shown
to improve skin health dramatically.
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