There are superfoods that get more press than spinach. Trendier greens with acolytes exalting their virtues. But us? Call us converts of the cult of spinach.
It’s true, spinach is simplicity. Tradition. A nutritious stalwart of clean eating, generation after generation. It also has a royal history. Thought to be of Persian origin, spinach was introduced in China when the King of Nepal sent it as a gift. The controversial Queen Catharine de’ Medici brought it to the French court, and it’s rumored that she declared that any dish including spinach be called Florentine, thereafter.
Spinach is found in numerous cultivars and because it thrives in cooler weather, it’s a sustainable green, flourishing during the wet season and impacting the environment more gently. It belongs to a powerhouse nutritional family, including clean eating stars quinoa, beets, and chard. Good luck finding a vegetable higher in Vitamin K. Its high levels of chlorophyll have anti-inflammatory properties and its leaves are flush with Vitamins B, C, A, and E.
What happens when we put a legend like spinach in our cleanser, serum, and cream? Vitamin K is essential in diminishing dark circles under your eyes after a night out or an all-nighter meeting your deadline. Vitamin C is key in maintaining its brightness, elasticity, and firmness. Vitamin A stimulates collagen and elastin. Disease-causing free radicals are eliminated by spinach’s antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids beautify. In short, spinach slows the visible signs of aging.