Another Great Reason to Love Spinach – It Could Save Your Heart in the Future
Scientists may have figured out how to use spinach to directly repair your heart!
Spinach Is a Holistic Superfood You Should Be Eating Everyday
Being the health enthusiast that you are, you probably already know that spinach is great for a plethora of reasons. It's rich in vitamin A, C, and K, but it's also a good source of B vitamins and many other nutrients.
In fact, spinach has been hailed as a superfood for a very long time – and for good reason:
- Spinach has been found to boost your reflexes, making it great for athletic performance.
- Spinach has been found to protect your DNA from free radicals with its protective antioxidants. Researchers also believe it can help protect you from the free radicals resulting from eating a high-fat and cholesterol diet.
- Spinach's nitrates has been found to boost your exercise performance and tolerance. It's also been found to lower your blood pressure and the amount of oxygen your muscles need when taxed.
Suffice to say, eating spinach is great for many aspects of your health -- from physical to psychological. It also helps you meet your daily nutritional needs.
Spinach Is Now Even More Amazing -- It May Be Able to Replace Parts of Your Heart!
But now scientists have found something more extraordinary about spinach! Scientists believe they can use spinach to recreate at least part of a heart. Researchers from the Massachusetts's Worcester Polytechnic Institute realized that spinach leaves have a network of veins that act strikingly similar to your heart's blood vessels.
They used soap to remove almost everything in the spinach leaves (including the plant cells themselves), but left the network of veins made of cellulose. The researchers then introduced heart cells into the network in hopes that they would be able to flourish using the cellulose veins as makeshift blood vessels
To the researchers' amazement, the spinach-heart cell hybrid started to beat for five whole days! They then introduced small beads with the same diameter as a red blood cell, and found that the beads successfully were being transported through the network of veins by the beating heart cells.
They're excited to develop this research in hopes of one day allowing doctors to replace clogged heart blood vessels and damaged heart tissue with this spinach-heart cell hybrid. They think the body won't reject the cellulose because it's something that's already compatible with your body.
The Future of Other Vegetables and Organ Repair
What's up next? Scientists are also trying to strip broccoli and cauliflower of their plant materials to leave behind a matrix similar to that of your lungs (do you see the similarity?). They're hoping to use these matrices in possible lung replacement therapies.
Next time you eat your veggies, start looking at them as possible green organ transplant candidates. Doing so will make you love your veggies more and be thankful that they're boosting your health in so many ways!