April 29, 2016

Spinach

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How does Spinach work?

Spinach contains vitamins and other nutrients.

Are there safety concerns?

Spinach is LIKELY SAFE for most people when used as a food. However, the safety of larger, medicinal amounts is unknown.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Spinach is LIKELY SAFE during pregnancy and breast-feeding when used in food amounts, but the safety of larger medicinal doses is unknown.

Children: Giving spinach to infants less than four months old is LIKELY UNSAFE. The nitrates in spinach can sometimes cause a blood disorder (methemoglobinemia) in young infants.

Allergies: People who are sensitive to certain molds or latex might have allergic responses to spinach.

Diabetes: Spinach might lower blood sugar levels. Some doctors worry that it might make blood sugar levels drop too low if used along with diabetes medications. If you use spinach in medicinal amounts and take diabetes medications, monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medications might need to be changed. Check with your healthcare provider.

Kidney disease: Spinach may cause hard crystals to form in the kidneys. These crystals won't dissolve and might make kidney disease worse.

Surgery: Spinach might lower blood sugar levels. Some doctors worry that it might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop using spinach in medicinal amounts at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


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