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Arugula Health Benefits

Arugula, also known as salad or garden rocket, is a nutritious green-leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. It is a small, low growing annual herb featuring dandelion like succulent, elongated, lobular leaves with green-veins.

 

Fresh rocket is a very good source of folates. 100 g of fresh greens contain 97 µg or 24% of folic acid.

 

When given to the anticipant mothers during their conception time, folate helps prevent neural tube defects in the newborns.

 

Salad rocket is one of the excellent vegetable sources for vitamin-K; 100 g provides about 90% of recommended intake. Vitamin K has potential role bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity.

 

Adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain; thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Arugula contains beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, all of which are being studied for their role as antioxidants or in the prevention of diseases like cancer and macular degeneration. Eating leafy greens like arugula, spinach, beet greens.

 

Eating raw arugula will likely provide your body with more of the healthy isothiocyanates than eating cooked arugula.

 

Cooking arugula has its advantages, however. By eating gently cooked arugula, you can absorb more of certain nutrients and carotenoids than you would from raw arugula.

 

It is also high in potassium, a mineral that is crucial for life, known best to improve cardiovascular health. Arugula contains a massive amount of water as 90% of the leaf is composed of water, making it a hydrating leafy green.

 

The large amounts of chlorophyll, also known as “liquid sunshine” helps cleanse the blood, detoxifies cells, heals disease in the body and boosts oxygen.

 

Like other leafy greens, arugula also has an incredible cooling effect on the body, making it a great summer salad classic.

 

Arugula is known to be rich in Vitamin A. Hence, doctors recommend its intake to those patients who need help with the treatment of diseases related to the lungs, skin and oral cavities.

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