Health Benefits of Arugula

Arugula is closely related to radishes, kale, and cauliflower. Arugula can be found all over the world and belongs to the family Brassicaceae. Other names for arugula is garden rocket, rucola, roquette and colewort.

Arugula May Prevent Cancer

Arugula contains phytochemicals which are known to have an ability to counter cancer causing tendencies in the body’s own processes. These phytochemicals are substances like thiocyanates, sulphoraphane, and indoles. Research has shown that eating arugula may help in the fight against prostate, breast cervical, ovarian and colon cancers. Researchers believe that these phytochemicals inhibit the activity of those cancer causing cells.

Arugula Are Good For Your Eyes

Arugula contains a high amount of carotenoids. Carotenoids are naturally occurring pigments which are known to improve a person’s ability to see properly. Research has found that carotenoids slow down the process of macular degeneration. Studies have found that eating arugula may be one way to slow down the classic symptoms of old age in regards to eye health.

Arugula Is Good For Your Blood Pressure

Arugula contains calcium, magnesium and potassium which all play an important role in helping your blood vessels relax.  Relaxed blood vessels help with healthy blood pressure levels. Arugula contains 6% of the daily recommended amount for calcium and 5% of the recommended daily value for magnesium. A full serving of arugula contains roughly 3% of the recommended daily value of potassium.

Arugula May Help You Lose Weight

Research has found that arugula is a great choice for those who are trying to lose weight or keep weight off. Arugula contains cholorphyll which is known to reduce hunger naturally in humans. If you need to add more fiber to your diet, start eating more arugula.  The fiber in this leafy green vegetable will keep you feeling full longer and is known to act like a hunger suppressant.

Arugula Is Good For Your Bones

Arugula contains calcium which is the major building block for our body but it also contains vitamin K. Vitamin K is similar to a glue that deposits and binds calcium together.  Research has found that this helps to reduce bone loss and deterioration. Studies have found that people suffering from osteoporosis and arthritis can slow down the rate of worsening of conditions by eating more arugula.

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