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Benefits of Arugula And Its Side Effects

Arugula provides a host of health benefits. Arugula reduces risk of cancer, improves eyesight and provides you with healthy bones. Other major benfits of consuming arugula include strengthening the brain, improving metabolic functions, helping absorption of minerals in the body and boosting the immune system.

Benefits of Arugula And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Arugula
Nutritional Value of Arugula
Health Benefits of Arugula
Detoxification of body
Fights cancer
Eye protection
Good for the bones
Strengthens the Immune System
Good for expecting mothers
Helps to fight diabetes
Enhances metabolism
Helps absorption of minerals
Enhances athletic performance
Helps with weight loss
Uses of Arugula
Side-Effects & Allergies of Arugula
Cultivation of Arugula

Arugula

Arugula belonging to the genus Eruca and the family Brassicaceae is a leafy green plant that is closely related to radishes, kale and cauliflower. Arugula is basically a spicy little leaf which appears bitter to some, while for others, it has a peppery-mustardy flavor. It is often mixed with other milder vegetables to get a balanced salad. Arugula is known by a host of different names in different parts of the world. Some of them are garden rocket, rucola, roquette and colewort. Arugula has a host of health benefits like it helps in reducing weight, lowers any risk of cancer, helps to keep your bones healthy and improves your eyesight. Growing to a height of 20-100 cms, Aragula can be easily recognized by its small, white flowers. It is grown on a large scale for commercial purposes but wild varities of the plant can be found in different parts of the world. Arugula is predominantly consumed in the Americas, Europe and in North Africa.

Nutritional Value of Arugula

Arugula has immense nutritional value and optimum consumption of this leafy vegetable will provide you with a healthy body and a clear mind. It contains high levels of folic acid and anti-oxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. These help you fight the free radicals in your body. In addition to all these, it is rich in carotenoids and also contains important minerals like potassium, manganese, calcium and others. These minerals are good for your body and help you lead a healthy life. Arugula is low in calories and rich in nutrients; so you can opt for this vegetable without worrying about putting on too much weight. The phytochemicals present in Aragula help in preventing cancer. Arugula has lesser quantities of oxalates compared to other leafy vegetables and this enables easy absorption of minerals by your body.

Health Benefits of Arugula

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Arugula
Health Benefits of Arugula

Detoxification of body

Anti-oxidants regulate the enzyme reactions within our cells and also help to destroy the free radicals within our body which are harmful and can cause diseases. Aragula contains a substantial amount of anti-oxidants and, therefore, can help you lead a healthy life. In addition to this, anti-oxidants protect your body from various illnesses like common cold and even safeguards your system against cancer, premature aging and heart diseases.

Fights cancer

It has been observed over the course of the last three decades that consuming a considerable quantity of cruciferous vegetables like Aragula can lower the risk of cancer, mainly lung and colon cancer. Cruciferous vegetables have a bitter taste due to the sulfur-containing compounds (sulforaphane). But it are these compounds only which also give cancer-fighting properties to aragula. Researchers are trying to find out the beneficial effects of sulforaphane in fighting melanoma, esophageal, prostate and pancreatic cancers. It has been detected by researchers that sulforaphane can inhibit the enzyme histone deacetylase, which is involved in the progression of cancer.

Eye protection

Aragula contains good quantities of the anti-oxidant Vitamin A. This is very good for your eyes. It even improves the health of your bones and teeth. Vitamin A protects the surface of the eye i.e. cornea and thus it is essential for good vision.

Good for the bones

Arugula contains Vitamin K which is essential for strong and healthy bones and delays the onset of osteoporosis. Vitamin K catalyzes osteotrophic activity in cells which means that it promotes formation of bones. With the onset of certain diseases like Alzheimer’s, Vitamin K works to slow down the degradation of neural pathways. Arugula, being a good source of Vitamin K, can help guard oneself against these diseases.

Strengthens the Immune System

Arugula contains a host of vitamins and minerals that is sure to boost your immunity system and guard against a variety of diseases. In addition to various immunity enhancing properties, arugula contains copper which helps to create more white blood cells. The white blood cells are the primary defense agents of your body and protect you against a whole lot of disease causing agents. In addition, arugula contains Vitamin C which is one of the best defenses for your body as it acts against the disease-causing inflammatory free radicals and eliminate them from the body.

Good for expecting mothers

Arugula contains folates, a classification that contains folic acid, which decrease occurrences of mental defects in newborn babies. Folates primarily help the body to manufacture new cells and, therefore, help guard against any anomaly that might plague a newborn child. So arugula is an excellent choice for would-be-mothers.

Helps to fight diabetes

Arugula contains an anti-oxidant called alpha-lipoic acid that has proved to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevents oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes. It also helps to decrease peripheral and autonomic neuropathy in diabetes. So it would be good to include arugula in the diet of a diabetic.

Enhances metabolism

An important health benefit of arugula is that it helps to enhance metabolism. Arugula has Vitamin B-complex that aids the metabolism process in your body. Eight B-complex vitamins take part and facilitate different cell activities like energy production, fat synthesis, the production of red blood cells and also aid other many other vital processes for cell and metabolic health.

Helps absorption of minerals

Arugula helps in the absorption of minerals by our body. This is because arugula has a very low level of oxalates when compared to other leafy vegetables. Absorption of minerals in the body system is prevented by oxalates. So arugula, with its low oxalate content, helps to absorb the essential minerals like copper and iron which are so beneficial for your health.

Enhances athletic performance

Arugula is rich in nitrate which helps to improve muscle oxygenation during exercise. Regular dietary intake of nitrate facilitates exercise tolerance during endurance workouts. Nitrate consumption helps improve quality of life for people who find it difficult to execute the activities of daily life. So arugula can help people with cardiovascular, respiratory or metabolic diseases.

Helps with weight loss

Regular intake of arugula helps in losing weight in addition to the other benefits that it provides. Arugula is low in calories and rich in vitamin or nutrients and thus will provide the necessary nourishment to your body without adding to your body weight.

Uses of Arugula

Arugula has a number of uses and regular intake of this leafy vegetable can have good effects on your body. Arugula contains Vitamin K which keeps your bone and health in good condition. It has Vitamin A which helps to keep your eyes in good condition and also regulates the neurological functions of your body. Furthermore, Vitamin A also furnishes you with good, healthy skin. The folates in arugula help your body to manufacture new cells. The beta-carotine help maintain eye health. Arugula also contains isothiocyanates which are chemical compounds which help in fighting cancer and also have anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative properties.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Arugula

Although consuming arugula in optimum quantities may have quite a few beneficial effects, over consumption of anything can take a toll on your health. Some of the short-term side effects of arugula include flatulence and abdominal cramping and discomfort. These bad effects are caused due to the presence of sulforaphane in arugula. Again it is dangerous for people with certain blood disorders or people who take medications for blood thinning. Arugula contains Vitamin K which can cause blood clots when it counter reacts with certain blood thinners. Arugula contains nitrate and improper storage may result in bacteria converting the nitrate to nitrite which is harmful for your health.

Cultivation of Arugula

Eruca Sativa or arugula typically grows on dry, disturbed ground and it uses larvae of certain moth species. The arugula plant has been consumed for centuries in the Mediterranean region. Since the 1st century A.D., Arugula salad had also been widely consumed in parts of Italy and the Middle East. People knew the benefits of arugula seeds and raw leaves for many centuries and ate those for their nutritional benefits. The seeds were traditionally used as flavoring oils and had widespread usage in traditional medicinal practices in the Mediterranean, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria. It was a natural infertility treatment and also to improve skin problems and digestion. In India, the leaves were pressed to produce oil and taramira, a medicinal and cosmetic tincture blend was produced. Arugula is even mentioned in the Bible and in Jewish religious texts.

Arugula is best cultivated in spring or fall as it is a cool season annual plant. It requires full sun and fertile, well-drained soil to flourish. It will benefit from compost or fertilizer as it grows green leaves. It requires adequate water to flourish when the soil gets dry.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am facing irregular periods because of which sometimes m unable to understand whether it is because of pregnancy or natural. And I also want to know after how many days shall I check to confirm that m pregnant or not what is the right time to check? As in last month because of pregnancy I have consumed medicine and my periods came on 21 but this month till now not come. After my periods I have intimated for 2 times without any precautions Before last month in normal it was on 28.

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Homeopath, Pune
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My periods are not regular. I have a fear whether I would be able to conceive a baby or not. My marriage is in Feb 2018.

International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
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International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
take sepia 200 one dose puls 30 one dos per dy for wk kali br 12c one dos a day for 10 days aur mur na. 12c sam abov apis 12c sam abov conium 3c 3tims aday for 5 days diet for u cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts • greens, including red leaf lettuce and arugula • green and red peppers • beans and lentils • almonds • berries • sweet potatoes • winter squash • pumpkin inform me progres

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IVF Specialist, Chennai
Hai. You may require a few investigations with hystero laparoscopy followed by endometrial reaction study with drugs, before any plan for conceiving is made. Usually problems with endometrium arises after excessive curetting at D&C. Best wishes.

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Homeopath, Pune
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We all look forward to the burst of rain after a long hot summer and the cool autumn breeze that follows the rains. What we don’t look forward to is the sneezing runny noses and coughs that accompany this change in weather. Seasonal flus are very common but they can be prevented by eating right. Some foods that can help prevent colds and coughs include:

  1. Garlic: Garlic is a powerful antioxidant that can boost the immune system and help you fight the flu. One of the major compounds found in garlic is known as allicin. This has antibacterial and anti-microbial properties. Garlic also promotes the growth of healthy gut bacteria that keeps your digestive system functioning efficiently and prevents toxins from accumulating inside your body. Garlic can be easily added to your diet by using fresh garlic pods to flavor your food.
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  7. Citrus: Apart from its excellent taste, this fruit is rich in with vitamin C, antioxidants and folic acid, which help in the reproductive health of men. 
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1. Avocados
The reputation of avocados as an aphrodisiac has been well established over the years. Packed with unsaturated fats and being extremely low in saturated fats, they are very good for the heart which in turn keeps the men away from the risk of erectile dysfunction.

2. Almonds
Almonds have always been associated as stimulants. They are rich in nutrients and other minerals that help in boosting your sexual health and also aid in the process of reproduction.

3. Strawberries
They not only look delicious but are rich in folic acid, one that keeps away birth defects in women.

4. Oysters
Oysters have been long known as aphrodisiacs; consisting of zinc that boosts the libido. Other than oysters, several sea foods like salmon and herring are also known for their ability to enhance your sex life.

5. Arugula
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8. Spinach
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Table of Content

Arugula
Nutritional Value of Arugula
Health Benefits of Arugula
Detoxification of body
Fights cancer
Eye protection
Good for the bones
Strengthens the Immune System
Good for expecting mothers
Helps to fight diabetes
Enhances metabolism
Helps absorption of minerals
Enhances athletic performance
Helps with weight loss
Uses of Arugula
Side-Effects & Allergies of Arugula
Cultivation of Arugula