Arugula: Benefits, Harm And Effects On The Body

Composition of arugula

Arugula contains a large number of vitamins and nutrients. These are such trace elements as iron, copper, manganese, selenium, and zinc; macronutrients: as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and sodium; vitamins: B1 – B6, B9, A, C, E, K. The young stems of the plant contain a lot of iodine. Arugula is useful for people suffering from venous insufficiency and high blood pressure.

Nutritional value of arugula:

  • 2.58 g of proteins.
  • 0.66 g of fat.
  • 2.05 g of carbohydrates.
  • 1.6 g of fiber.

Due to its high content of vitamins, macro-, and microelements, arugula is a great energy source. It quickly tones the body, improves performance, normalizes water and salt balance, and prevents the development of cancer.

At the same time, the energy value of the plant is quite low – 26 kcal per 100 g. The beneficial properties of arugula, along with its low-calorie content, make this plant indispensable for those who want to regain or maintain a slim figure.

Effect of arugula on the body

Eating arugula improves metabolic processes, improves digestion, and strengthens the nervous system. Arugula is recommended for stress and depression, for anemia; it increases hemoglobin levels and removes excess cholesterol. Regular consumption of arugula is recommended for patients with diabetes mellitus. Arugula greens are an indispensable source of vitamins and minerals during pregnancy, and during lactation, they increase the flow of breast milk.

Arugula has diuretic and disinfectant properties; it improves the body’s condition in case of inflammatory processes in the kidneys and urinary tract. Thanks to B-carotene, this green improves the condition of the skin, nails, and hair (strengthens hair follicles and protects against hair loss).

Eating arugula is useful for obesity: doctors recommend organizing fasting days using only arugula; the vitamins contained in the greens will provide the necessary amount of energy, and a minimum of calories will help you lose extra pounds.

Arugula is beneficial for those suffering from stomach ulcers.

It effectively fights against damage to the stomach walls, significantly reduces the size of existing ulcers, and prevents the formation of new ones even in case of dietary disorders.

It has been known for a long time that arugula is a strong aphrodisiac, the beneficial properties of which have been widely used to improve erectile function in men.

The dangers of arugula

Arugula should not be consumed in case of individual intolerance (allergy to this product) and in case of urolithiasis.

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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