- ‘Spinach’ can actually be found in the Philippines – the water spinach
- It is called a “superfood” as it is loaded with protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals
- It is a cheap green leafy vegetable that can be bought in wet markets and supermarkets for a cheap price
Did you know that spinach is called a superfood?
No wonder it’s Popeye’s famous energy booster. But do you also wonder whether we have this “superfood” in the Philippines?
Of course, we also have our very own type of Spinach in the country.
This tropical plant is the Water Spinach, with a scientific name of Ipomea Aquatica, or more locally known as “Kangkong.” You wouldn’t have any difficulty in finding this vegetable as this is popular among Filipinos, offered at a very cheap price, which starts at P10 per bundle, at every public market or supermarkets.
It may be cheap but this green leafy vegetable offers many wonders, you wouldn’t think twice on adding it to your daily menu! We all know that green leafy vegetables are sources of a lot of vitamins and nutrients, and water spinach is no exception.
Here are some of the health benefits that you can get from water spinach or Kangkong:
Good for your eyes!
Water spinach is a good source of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, and we all know that these vitamins are good for our eye sights.
Rich in Vitamin C
Now, more than ever, Vitamin C plays a huge role in strengthening our body’s immune system so if you’re looking for another daily source of Vitamin C, it’s a good idea to include water spinach in your meals.
Good source of Iron
Green leafy vegetables are especially rich in iron, making it a good choice to eat for people with anemia and other related diseases. It is also good for pregnant women who require regular iron intake in their diet.
Good for the skin
Because water spinach is a good source of Vitamin C, which means it has great anti-aging properties that maintains the health of our skin.
Spinach is high in fiber and water that promotes digestive regularity and help those who are suffering from constipation.
Can lower blood pressure
This green leafy vegetable is also a great source of potassium content that can help reduce the effects of sodium in the body, thus preventing high blood pressure.
These are just the many wonders of water spinach, so the next time your favorite sinigang is served, make sure to eat all those kangkong in it.