Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is cultivated worldwide, although it probably originated in Iran. It is rich in both vitamin and minerals, especially iron and vitamin C. The leaves of the plant can be used medicinally. Spinach also provides the body with vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, and nitrates. It also contains triterpene saponins and oxalic acid. Spinach is thought to have hyperglycemic effectsand slow aging effects on the nervous system. Spinach has traditionally been used for gastrointestinal complaints and fatigue, as an appetite stimulate, to stimulate growth in children, and blood-builder.
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