Thursday, June 23, 2011


Energy’s defined as vigor; “get-up-and-go” realizable without pills or stimulants something I experienced recently. I didn’t take note until I sat in-flight on my way back to Nigeria and thought through the energy sapping schedule in South Africa including an Interview which will air on Good Morning Africa 14th June.

Spinach! Some energy activating meal “Popeye used to chug-gulp down.” Now walk back mentally to the exciting cartoon where Popeye needed to boost his muscle power and get out of trouble. Eating up a bowl of fresh-green spinach has so much to offer you beyond delivering great energy you might need during your day like Popeye.

It also reduces the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles by as much as 5% during exercise that the effect’s so powerful after 3days it’s already activated as documented in a recent research published in the medical journal Cell Metabolism early this year, winning worldwide attention from science and health writers.

Dr.Eddie Weitzberg, the lead author of the study said; “It’s like a fuel additive for your muscles. It makes them run more smoothly and efficiently,” his research group from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet turned up is that the ingredients which make spinach work so well are the nitrates, found in abundance in the vegetable. Nitrates make the mitochondria-the “engine room” of cells in the body-more efficient.

Weitzberg is quoted further as saying that it is common cause that diets rich in fruits and vegetable can help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, “but the active nutrients haven’t been clear.

During the study, Weitzberg fed the research candidates pure nitrate supplements-the equivalent to the amount in a plate of spinach-everyday for three days. At the beginning and end of the experiment, they were made to pedal vigorously on an exercise bike, while their oxygen intake was measured, via a tube to the mouth. The result?

The difference in energy intake was a significant 3-5%. Interestingly Weitzberg and his colleague Professor Jon Lundberg, have actually demonstrated previously that dietary nitrate increases levels of nitric oxide in the body, produced with the help of friendly bacteria found in our mouths.

Make energy a lifestyle the popeye way with spinach