Health Benefits of Arugula
Arugula’s benefits are vast, ranging from its vitamins and minerals, to its low caloric content, aiding in weight loss and fitness attainment.
Studies have found that vitamin A and flavonoid compounds in green leafy vegetables like arugula help to protect us from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.
Studies such as this peer-reviewed research article, published in PLOS, Public Library of Science, found that erucin, a major isothiocyanate, is a possible anticancer and chemopreventive agent.
Other dietary vegetables that contain cancer preventive and anti-cancer activities include cabbage, cauliflower, kale, wild rocket and broccoli, according to the article mentioned above.
We will cover those in a different post.
I love using arugula in delicious salads at my home, no matter what dinner is on the menu. Fit it into your meal as a starter or a side with this yummy and healthy addition.
Artery-Appeasing Arugula Salad:
Pre-washed arugula (about 6 cups)
Cut into small bite sized pieces:
6 small roasted red beets, 6 oz plum tomatoes
3 small hearts of palm
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds.
3 oz crumbled goat cheese (if you want this to be dairy)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
freshly squeezed 1/2 lemon
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
Mix the ingredients together. You can do this in advance. Top with dressing an hour before serving, to allow the arugula leaves to soak it up. Serve and feel your arteries smile.