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
- 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?
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)
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!
The masculine side of spinach!
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
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:
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!
From now on, spinach will be your leafy hero!
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)!
Founder of Testosterone Nerd