Arugula or Rocket Leaves

Arugula (Rocket Leaves)

Other names:

  • Rucola
  • Rucoli
  • Rugula
  • Colewort
  • Roquette

While Arugula leaves are often used in salad, it can also be saute or cooked in other ways. But it is best eaten raw.

It has a peppery taste and a bit tangy in flavor.

Arugula's Main Nutrients

  • Antioxidant:    Vitamin (C,K), Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Other:               Nitrate, Potassium, Vitamin (A,C,K), Folate, Calcium

Interesting stuff on Arugula

Arugula Antioxidant Rich

Native of:

  • Mediterranean Region

Now Found\Grown in:

  • Globally

Classical writings have references to Arugula being aphrodisiac.

Examples of Health Benefits of Arugula

  • control blood pressure 
  • osteoporosis prevention
  • reduce amount of oxygen required during exercise and improve athletic performance
  • decreases risks of obesity, diabetes and heart disease
  • lower risks of cancer - lung, colon - the compound sulforaphane found in Arugula, can inhibit progression of cancer cells

Some precautions

  • Vitamin K aid in blood clotting, hence, those on anticoagulant drugs needs to be cautious when introducing Arugula in diets, especially in great quantities.
  • Nitrate in arugula, if left to go bad, the bacterias may convert the nitrate into nitrite. High levels of nitrite is potentially harmful.

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