Spinach Benefits For Men – Was Popeye Onto Something?

Did Popeye have an anchor tattoo on his left or right forearm?

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Circular clay bowl full of raw spinach

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear ‘spinach’? Delicious meals (or not so much), leafy greens, masculinity… Popeye? Besides him, assuredly, there are spinach benefits for men – rather powerful ones actually!

By the way, did anyone mention the ever so prominent cartoon character named Popeye? I doubt there’s a single person in existence that doesn’t know who this fellow with a pipe and some disproportionate forearms.

If you’ve been living on another planet or galaxy and the mighty Popeye is a mystery to you – give me a shout, please!

If you’ve been living on another planet or galaxy and the mighty Popeye is a mystery to you – give me a shout, please! Spinach and our cartoon hero go hand in hand so this article simply cannot exist without giving proper respect to this imaginary gentleman.

Enough is enough though, we can discuss cartoons later (or never). Time to put your focus on the important parts, let’s go!

Why Spinach of all veggies?


Silly question – because spinach is AWESOME! Perhaps coconut oil (I have an entire post about coconuts) might seem a better option for enhancing your testosterone, but I warn you folks – never underestimate this green veggie!

It’s believed that it originated somewhere in Peru a long time ago. Obviously, it won’t turn you into a mountain of muscles. Unless you pop a full can of spinach that is, Popeye style!

Believe it or not, all jokes aside, spinach possesses truly astonishing properties. Let me highlight some of them for you:

  • Decent amounts of iron
  • It’s anti-cancerous
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Supports eye-sight

Judging from this list, it’s safe to assume that spinach is super potent, right? I agree! The real behind lies within the carotenoids found in spinach – beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein. They are called phytochemicals and they are responsible for the overall amazingness of our green friend.

They are called phytochemicals and they are responsible for the overall amazingness of our green friend. Sure, you can find lutein in most multi-vitamin formulas these days, but it’s only one part of the puzzle (it helps our eyes stay healthy).

However, these are only the common benefits of this vegetable. Let’s examine what spinach has to offer in terms of nutritional value, shall we?

Graffiti on a wall portraying Popeye himself
Even Popeye has an artistic side!

The nutritional value of Popeye’s favorite dish


I’ve been hinting at the true potential of spinach, but now I’ll lift up the curtain. Perhaps you’re wondering what’s so special about this green fellow? Not one or two things actually – a bunch of special parts to be honest!

This is what spinach consists of:

  • Vitamin A (hefty amounts of it as well)
  • Folate
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Protein

Just staring at this list should make you ecstatic! This leafy veggie is a STUNNING source of Magnesium, Potassium, and Iron.

Magnesium is one of our best friends from the mineral family. Not only does it potentially aid folks with insufficient levels of testosterone (according to academical work), but you have to take into account that your system needs it in order to metabolize proteins, carbs, and fats!

Potassium, on the other hand, helps your muscles in the ‘anti-cramp’ department, as it assists in their normal functionality. Also, comes with the added bonus of heart protection and it lowers the blood pressure too. How cool is that!?

And while Iron will most definitely NOT turn you into the next Iron Man (do you even want that, anyway), it undoubtedly will benefit you. Curious how? By optimizing the process of energy usage by your body, that’s how!

I’m feeling tired of nutrition talk, vitamins, mineral and so. Brace yourselves for the real deal, we’re about to explore the other side of it – the manly one!

Allen's Popeye Spinach, 13.5000-Ounce (Pack of 6)

The masculine side of spinach!


Vector image of a flexed biceps muscle
Flexed and green – spinach style!

Every time the mighty sailor with ridiculously big forearms pops a can of spinach, a little boy is enlightened. Enlightened because he realizes that spinach is a super food and it’s like God crafted it to be especially good for us males!

Put your attention on Magnesium again. Yours truly already mentioned a few lines about it, but as we’re talking about the manly relation between spinach and male virility, we are BOUND to dig deeper.

One cup of spinach equals around 160 mg of Magnesium while the recommended daily dose is 420 mg!

Have you skipped math classes? It matters not, even Mr. Yoda himself could calculate that each cup of this green veggies delivers almost half of the commonly recommended dose per day of Mag!

I decided to leave the sweetest part for this section and you’re going to absolutely love it! Forget about all the supposedly anti-arhythmic, stenocardia and general assistance in heart-related issues. Instead, it’s  a must for us to pay close attention to the vasodilating properties of Magnesium!

There’s solid research that backs the claim that Magnesium is a potent vasodilator. Have a look at what these Japanese folks have to say about this! Vasodilation is the beautiful process of more blood coursing through your veins. Want me to periphrase?

Improved blood flow means more blood sent towards your ‘100% all-beef thermometer’!

Does this ring a bell? In a nutshell – Magnesium will possibly help with horrid conditions such as ED (erectile dysfunction) and most importantly, it will give you better erections, period!

Now that we are aware of yet another awesome perk related to spinach, I’ll move the topic towards a different benefit associated with it. I’m talking about…

Spinach, folate and your sexual health


Male and female gender icons wrapped together

Big news, alert – sound the alarm! What am I referring to here? Something about spinach, folate and someone’s sexual well-being? Hold on now fellows!

Folate (or folic acid) is a part of the Vitamin B family. In a nutshell, it’s responsible for cell growth, rejuvenation and it’s also good for your metabolism. What does that have to do with sex then? Quite a lot as you’re about to find out!

There’s solid academic work that PROVES how effective folate is (teamed up with zinc in the study) for increasing sperm count. They test both fertile men and guys with reproductive issues – results were identical which is woohoo, great news for us gents!

When we talk about reproductive problems, or even if you simply want to make babies with your wife, then the awesome folate comes to the rescue. There’s the added bonus of folic acid lowering a harmful agent known as homocysteine.

Each cup of Spinach boasts a stunning 260 mg of folate! That’s 65% of the recommended daily value!

This nasty thing screws with your arteries making them vulnerable to plaque, which as you might know tightens your arteries, thus opening the door for the horrid peripheral arterial disease. Or in other words, you’ll be MORE likely to be struck by heart attack or a stroke!

Besides, it’s pretty much mandatory for pregnant ladies to supplement with folic acid. That’s due to the protection that it provides against birth defects.

That’s rather off-topic though, let’s proceed with a CRUCIAL question now:

Raw spinach placed next to mashed spinach

So spinach enters the nutrition hall of fame?


To make it more complicated, yet intriguing – yes and no. First and foremost, make sure that you check my article about ‘top T boosting foods‘ if you haven’t already. It’s a total MUST READ, hands down.

You see fellows when we talk about foods that are easily the best when it comes to achieving a higher state of manliness, there’s a rule. Some foods are the top of the top in this regard, while others could be great, but not quite on the same level as the key players.

Spinach is NOT a part of the list for testosterone boosting foods. I’m sure you’re dying for an explanation, and I will be good enough to give you one! Spinach’s main strength comes from its ability to help with libido and sex life in general. This leafy green food just happens to be that way.

It sure cannot compete against the likes of coconut oil, olive oil or pomegranates for instance. That’s because these foods are superb for increasing your natural T production, while Popeye’s BF (best friend) is more of a polite assistant for your bratwurst.

Time to hit the gong now!

 

Allen's Popeye Spinach, 13.5000-Ounce (Pack of 6)

From now on, spinach will be your leafy hero!


Loads of leafy green spinach in pieces

To save the day when you’re in a desperate situation. When your pecker needs that ideal dose of oomph. Or simply when you want to add another masculine-friendly food to your diet, meal or whatever it is!

Remember folks – spinach does NOT have the qualities to magically spawn huge valves inside your biceps (Hello Popeye). And as we’re fully grown individuals (we are, aren’t we?), this is completely irrelevant and you’d be surprised to find that such valves might appear in your… ahem, delicate region!

Spinach can very well be your saviour when libido is problematic!

My conclusive thoughts are that spinach is awesome, without a shadow of a doubt. This is yet another tool in our manly arsenal, as we wage war on modern scourge such as low testosterone, ED and what not (make sure to take a look my post about what causes low T)

Now, guys, I challenge you to grab a can of raw spinach, crack it open with your iron grip and down it in one major gulp. Congrats, you’re now one step closer to more masculinity, as we the ever-so-popular Popeye’s hustle with spinach.

Feeling manly enough? Go get yourself a can of ‘Popeye Spinach‘ and make it count!

Give me a shout in the comment section below if you’re forearms are now bigger (as a result of consuming spinach)!

Yours truly,

Simon
Founder of Testosterone Nerd
E-mail: simon@testosteronerd.com

8 COMMENTS

    • Hey and welcome James!

      Virtual high five for having a spinach salad, hooray! Was it tasty, though?

      Such a shame that organic foods are not an option in every restaurant, I totally agree with you here. Remember – organic is ALWAYS better. And will be. Period.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  1. Spinach has so much nutritional value and actually has flavor. A while back I went on a kick where I replace lettuce with spinach in just about every possible way you can eat lettuce.

    People though it was so weird which I’ve never understood. People swear by their lettuce but it’s just a leaf that’s mostly water with no nutritional value that doesn’t really taste that great. Not that the flavor of spinach is anything to write home about, but at least it does something good for your body.

    • Yo Dustin!

      Know what, try some baby spinach with arugula. Now that makes for a killer salad, trust me.

      Not only does it taste great (with the proper dressing), but you’ll feel as rejuvenated and manly as one can be after that!

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  2. I am not sure why spinach is associate with Popeye or being muscular.

    As a child, I wasn’t a fan of spinach because of its taste. But as I grow older and learned spinach is one of the top three veggies contain lots of iron. Iron is one of the major elements in our blood cells, and our muscles are intricate with blood vessels. Lack of iron will make one weak and even faint easily.
    Maybe that’s the reason why Popeye was portrait as a man of muscles.

    Yes, I started eating spinach and nothing beats a fresh bowl of salad in summer. Must I say, it must be home grown and organic!

    • Welcome to T.N. Pamela!

      You’ve answered it yourself. Popeye is big into spinach. Spinach is full of iron. Iron is GREAT for us men. Conclusion – we can SHOULD consume more spinach!

      And I support you 100% about consuming organic veggies in general. In fact, anything home grown and organic is better than conventional foods that are (for the most part) sprayed with pesticides and what not.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

  3. Hi Simon,

    I think my Testosterone just increased reading this! Great information. I never knew that lifting weights could help, I got some pills from amazon the other day, but i think i am just going to follow some of your tips. Very informative article and you know your stuff!
    Thanks,
    Freddy

    • Hello there Freddy.

      If this piece of writing boosted your T, make sure to check every single article on my site so that you can get your testosterone levels higher than Arnold and Chuck Norris combined!

      Anyway, do share what kind of ‘pills’ you bought from Amazon because that sounds rather vague. I always advise people do their due diligence before buying supplements.

      Cheers and God bless,
      Simon | Author of Testosterone Nerd

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