Saturday, October 28, 2017 by Rhonda Johansson
You’re probably more familiar with rocket’s other name, arugula. The small, cruciferous vegetable is much beloved in Europe and across the western states in America for its spicy, slightly bitter and peppery taste, and interesting texture. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family, whose members include the mustard green, cauliflower, and kale. Like all progeny from this family, rocket is extremely nutrient-dense. Nutritionists highly recommend adding arugula to as many dishes as possible.
The plant is cute in its size. Rocket are not big plants and are normally harvested when very young. It is native to the Mediterranean but can thrive in any temperate climate. These greens are sold under many names, so it’s best to use their scientific name – Eruca vesicaria sativa – when buying them at your local organic store.
Arugula is perhaps not as popular as its siblings, but its therapeutic effects are still worth noting. These greens contain high amounts of nitrates which are known to lower blood pressure and reduce the amount of oxygen needed during exercise.
Eating too much arugula though can interact negatively with your blood thinner. There are also people who experience gastrointestinal distress when they consume rocket greens. If you have a sensitive stomach or on blood thinners, please ask your dietitian if you can eat arugula.
Rocket improves your digestion. As we explore the deep, intrinsic connection between the brain and the gut, we begin to understand just how important diet is to overall health. Arugula works by introducing different antioxidants into the system; each working together to enhance organ function. It likewise has an added effect of removing toxins from the body. As such, the entire body is supported by this leafy green.
It is best not to overcook rocket, if at all. This lowers its nutritional profile. Instead, we recommend tossing freshly cut arugula in a salad.
Rocket, otherwise known as arugula, is a cruciferous vegetable that has a lot of medicinal uses. It is a delicious way to prevent cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes. Those who are on blood thinners are warned against taking it, as they can experience nausea or diarrhea.
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