Botanical Name: Spinacia oleracea
Common name: Spinach
This vegetable is quite common and can be seen around. Lots of folks in Nigeria simply call it “Green”. Basically green leafy vegetables are known to be a tremendous blessing to both human and animals. They are known to be highly wholesome and nutrient dense, being low in calories but yet, quite high in protein for a vegetable and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Nutrient Composition/100g of raw Spinach Vegetables
In addition, spinach is noted to possess the carotenoids, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which although not converted to Vitamin A, are both effective anti-oxidants that protects the sensitive parts of the retina. Regular consumption of spinach and other green leafy vegetables with a good source of Vitamin C can prevent and even aid the treatment of mild to moderate Anaemia (low red blood cells) because of its rich iron content.
However, spinach is also relatively rich in oxalic acid which can combine with calcium to form calculi (stones). Therefore, persons with kidney stones, gout or excess uric acid should only take spinach in moderate quantities.