Popeye ate spinach, thinking it contained plenty of iron to make him strong. However, oxalates in spinach reduce the bioavailability of iron. A Swedish study has found that spinach also contains nitrates which boost the production of 2 key proteins in muscles involved with calcium and muscle contractions, making them stronger and more efficient. Although the study was done in mice, Popeye seems to have had the right idea.
“Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man. Every careful measurement in science is always given with the probable error… every observer admits that he is likely wrong, and knows about how much wrong he is likely to be.”
(Bertrand Russell, 1931. The Scientific Outlook. London: George Allen & Unwin)
What exactly is Nutritional Therapy? I am often asked what a nutritional therapist actually does. Most of us would agree that nutrition is the foundation for good health, and that nature provides us with the resources we need in order to build strong, efficient and resilient bodies. However, many of us have no idea how […]