Spinach the natural steroid vegetable

 

One anabolic vegetable I surely don’t mind eating is spinach…

It’s high in:

 

Nitrates

Spinach is very high in nitrates which the body converts to nitrites, which then causes your arteries to dilate, giving you a more vascular look.

Nitrites also reduce blood pressure and enhance exercise performance in healthy individuals.

 

Natural steroid

Spinach is also classified as a natural steroid, as it has the highest content of ecdysteroids. Ecdysteroids are phytoecdysteroids which are found in few plants.

About 0.01% of spinach’s fresh weight is ecdysteroids. That is 1mg of ecdystrone/100g of spinach.

Ecdysteroids have anabolic properties. (1)

It is also used by the bodybuilding community and claims it to be anabolic. Although bodybuilders use up to about 1000mg/day.

A good dose to start with to build muscle would be about 200mg. (2)

Tons of studies show that it increases muscle mass, by stimulating muscle protein synthesis while inhibiting muscle catabolism. (3)

It’s also found in human studies that it speeds up wound healing and recovery from fractures. Which also means that it will enhance your recovery after a workout. (4)

 

Betaine

The other great thing about spinach is that it contains high amounts of betaine. About 600mg of betaine/100g of spinach. (5)

Studies show that betaine supplementation improves body composition, lowers fat percentage, increases arm size, improves bench press work capacity, and tends to improve power. (67, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12)

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