What are the benefits of arugula?

Arucola (Erúca satíva), rocket salad - all these are the names of a herbaceous plant, known as arugula. This plant of the Cabbage family was once considered to be an exotic herb, despite the fact that it grows practically in every part of the world.
People often have strong opinions about this vigorous green plant: some love it, and some can not stand its taste. In Roman Empire it was considered an aphrodisiac. Over time, it lost its popularity; some people collected wild greens, until at the beginning of the last century they began to cultivate and use it everywhere. In the Mediterranean countries, arugula is often one of the ingredients of pesto. It is used in pizza preparation, because it gives the dish a special aroma and taste. It is often added to salads and even used as a pastry filling.
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Although arugula was in oblivion for a long time, it was often used as a medicine in traditional medicine. Most often its leaves and juice were used to treat skin irritation, corns and boils. But it can also do so much more!

Arugula contains many nutrients and vitamins, including protein, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, folic acid, vitamins A, C and K.

Arugula contains a huge amount of antioxidants that have the ability to destroy free radicals, strengthen the immune system, prevent colds and heart disease. And the antioxidant compound alpha lipoic acid effectively reduces the level of glucose in the blood.

Arugula is quite nutritious, but not caloric, so it is perfect for people who want to lose weight. If you take it with fish / seafood or poultry meat, you get an excellent late dinner.
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Due to the fact that this wonder-greens is rich in vitamin K and calcium, it can be used to help prevent osteoporosis and to reduce the level of oxalates, which prevent the absorption of minerals.

And thanks to vitamin A and carotenoids, this plant helps improve vision and protect the surface of the cornea from damage.

One of the most significant health benefits of arugula is the improved metabolism. It contains the vitamin B complex that promotes fat synthesis, energy production, and the production of red blood cells.

Arugula contains zinc that can improve the functioning of blood vessels and increase blood flow. Alkalizing nature of greens helps purify and transport blood. And the chlorophyll that can be found in its leaves, fights against carcinogens, thereby minimizing the level of damage to the liver cells. Make arugula salad with carrots or a mix it with apricots, other greens and cheese.

The great quantity of vitamins and minerals helps keep your hair healthy. The unique beta carotene contained in arugula strengthens the hair follicles. Especially effective will be arugula oil, a few drops of which can be added to a shampoo or mask.

And, of course, fresh greens help fight wrinkles and aging skin and to improve its metabolism. Just mix a couple of tablespoons of arugula extract with a small amount of banana and grated cucumber, apply to cleansed face for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
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