Healthier life means consumption of plants and fruits which grow all around us. All we need to do is understand which ones are good for our health in order to get the most of them.
Arugula is a less recognized vegetable that provides many of the same benefits as broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts. This is a plant that is rich in vitamins like vitamin B, vitamin C, tocopherols, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, and more. These vitamins are much needed for our organism in order to stay healthy.
We are gonna explain the benefits which you will gain consuming this plant, and why you should include it in your diet.
Regular consumption of this plant can help in the fight against cancer. MAinly in the fight against lung and colon cancer. Recent studies have shown that the sulfur-containing compounds (sulforaphane) that is present in this plant , and the compound that gives it the bitter taste, is actually the one responsible for its cancer-fighting properties.
Researchers are now focusing on unlocking the secrets of this powerful compound sulforaphane and its abilities to destroy and delay melanoma, esophageal, prostate, and pancreatic cancers.
This is because of the fact that sulforaphane has the ability to inhibit the enzyme histone deacetylase or HDAC, which is considered researchers to be involved in the growth of cancer cells. Knowing this fact it is believed that foods containing this enzymes may be the main weapons in the treatment against cancer in the near future.
Chlorophyll also present in the plant arugula, has been found to be blocking the carcinogenic effects of heterocyclic amines which are being produced when grilling foods.
This plant can also help with the regulation of diabetes. It contains alpha-lipoic acid which is a antioxidant which can lower glucose levels. It can also increase insulin sensitivity in patients, and prevent the changes caused by oxidative stress.
Research on alpha-lipoic acid have shown decrease in nerve damage in diabetics. It should be noted that most of the studies used intravenous alpha-lipoic acid, so there are doubts that by consuming it you will feel the same benefits.
If Vitamin K is not consumed regularly in our diet we might get prone to bone fracture. This vitamin is essential for the health of our bones. By consuming it you improve your bone health which acts as a bone matrix protein improving calcium absorption.
People have recognized the powerful aphrodisiac properties that this plant possess. Ever since ancient rome male population have used it in order to make them stronger in bed. The best way to consume it is to make a salad from it.
-Other properties include
Pregnant woman should include it in order to make up for the lack of trace elements. Some research has shown that it also increases lactation.
Arugula can also help in the treatment of stomach ulcers and gastritis, because it is able to protect the lining of the stomach.
-Kids can benefit from arugula by strengthening their immune system and skeletal system
Another interesting fact is that arugula is low on calories. 100 grams of arugula has only 25 kcal.
When you buy arugula you should pay attention on the size of the leaves. The smaller they are the bitter they will taste. When you make salad you should consume it immediately after preparation. You can experiment by adding diferent ingredient in order to make it the way you like it.
Arugula salad recipe:
You will need:
- 2 cups arugula
- 1 pound asparagus, cut into bite-size pieces and steamed
- 2 tangerines, peeled and segmented
- 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, pour your favorite dressing, and sprinkle with almonds.