“Spinach is one of the most popular superfoods out there, and for good reason: This antioxidant powerhouse fights free radicals in your body to not only prevent serious diseases like cancer and heart disease, but also quickly rebound from strenuous exercise,” Carlucci says. It’s also an excellent diet staple for promoting good health and strengthening your muscles (it has to do with its nitrates), according to this study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. Spinach is packed with magnesium, which helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, and has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar and blood pressure to boot. Make it the base of your salads, a side to your dinner, or toss a handful in your smoothie.
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