We all know we should eat more fruits and vegetables, but other than greatly improving our general health and well-being, the benefits of fruits and veggies have been somewhat vague. According to a new finding, we now have a little more to work with - and it involves one of our favorite leafy greens: spinach.
The new finding, reported in the journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, reveals that consuming spinach can reduce the damage caused by carcinogens found in cooked meat - which have been shown to cause cancer.
It's all very complex. Just what are all of these nutrients and phytochemicals found in healthy greens doing inside our bodies?
The report by researchers at Oregon State University expands on one of the hot new nutritional topics to come to light, epigenetics. Epigenetics is the way in which gene expression and cell behavior can be altered by diet, environmental toxins and other lifestyle habits. By manipulating gene expression, scientists are hoping that we can prevent chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, neurological disorder, and cancer, among others.
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