Red Spinach (Not Green!) to Support Your Cardiovascular Health
As an almost 40-year-old woman, diet matters to me tremendously as I know how much it impacts my energy levels.
That’s why quality always comes first with energy-promoting nutrients.
Who does not want energy, right?
We all need it for different purposes. And you definitely do not need to be an endurance athlete to desire keeping up with your daily tasks, and never having to worry about your energy levels declining as the day goes on.
I always look for whole foods - natural food ergogenic aids - to support my daily performance. I am very aware that as I joyfully age, my nitric oxide levels go down so natural foods that I consume need to lift me up with every opportunity I get.
There is one particular veggie I’ve added to my diet in the last several years that I want to talk to you today about, red spinach. Not green, but red spinach, sometimes called Amaranth.
My Personal Story with Red Spinach - How to Consume It
I learned about this red leaf in 2015 in Geneva, where I was searching what else besides red beets can naturally support blood flow and nitric oxide levels.
At that scientific conference I realized the power of that red vegetable and how much more potent it can be in comparison to red beets, red beet powder, or even red beet extract.
Once I got back to the US, I realized that this vegetable is not always readily available at our local supermarkets, though I did get lucky once and was able to purchase it at a local Asian market.
What I discovered, was that the taste can be very bitter. However, if you’re not happy eating it on its own, you can add chopped red spinach into omelets or salads to reduce its flavor harshness, and to still enhance the benefits of this red veggie. Please keep in mind, by not cooking it, you maintain its full nutritional value.
A few years back, I learned that the natural nitrates which are so valuable in red spinach for our cardiovascular health should not be consumed with any fats. Why?
Through work that was done by the scientific community I learned that meals containing high dietary fat and a postprandial period 2-3 hours after a meal can lower the ability of nitrate in the diet to relax blood vessels because nitric oxide itself is soluble in fat.
In that postprandial period after a high nitrate material, dietary nitrate containing foods like leafy green vegetables may not have that vaso-relaxing property if you diet is super high in fat.
Well that is