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The elderly should eat spinach more

(People's Daily Online)

14:53, July 24, 2012

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Edited and translated by Du Mingming, People's Daily Online

Spinach is rich in nitrates, which can promote the production of two key proteins that strengthen muscles. Scientists have pointed out that there are no nitrate supplements on the market currently. 80% of the nitrates human body needs are obtained from various vegetables. Eating 250 grams of spinach a day can take in adequate nitrates.

A small amount of nitrate intake is good for health, while high intake would be harmful. A new study found that to strengthen muscles by eating spinach is not suitable for bodybuilders, but more suitable for the elderly who need to maintain muscle functions. In addition to nitrate, spinach also contains a variety of phytochemicals, and studies have shown that these substances can help prevent or delay cognitive decline.

Read the Chinese version: 老年人多吃菠菜 保持肌肉健康

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