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Recent reports say that “Popeye was right: spinach really does boost your muscles”. The newspaper said that eating 300g of spinach “reduced the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles by as much as five per cent when exercising”.
This news is based on a study in 14 volunteers. It did not look at spinach itself, but instead at the effects of taking a supplement containing nitrate, a compound found in spinach and other leafy green vegetables. It found that taking a nitrate supplement for three days improved oxygen usage in muscle cells’ mitochondria (the “power plants” of cells). After taking the supplement, participants also needed less oxygen when taking exercise.
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