Nutrition of arugula includes all those of the dark green leafy vegetables. It grows year round in a mild climate, but does best in colder weather like most of the cabbage family. It's not particularly sensitive to frost.
All these dark green leafy vegetables have differences in nutritional
content; one has more folate, another like kale is rich in lutein for
your eyes; each has its unique merit and it behooves us to enjoy as many
of them as we can obtain.
Arugula is specially known, along with Brussels sprouts, for its sulforaphane, a potent detoxifying agent of cancer-causing substances we are all exposed to every day.
There are two things that I particularly like about arugula.
When it is young, it adds a richness to any salad; a little older and you can mix it with any other greens like cabbage, spinach or kale for a little variety.
Plus the arugula plant is so easy to grow. Simply turn a small area in the garden with a fork, say three square feet, until the earth is finely crumbled. Water it, and then sprinkle the seed thinly over the soil, or in rows if you choose.
Crumble some fine earth over the seeds until they are no longer visible, and again water. Within a week they will have germinated and you'll be enjoying the young leaves within a month or so.
If you want baby arugula for your salad, then plant a small area, even just a square foot, every month.
Growing arugula is really a cinch; water the young plants regularly in hot weather; pluck a few leaves every day for your salad.
Nutrition of arugula is known in much of the world as rocket. It has all the benefits of the dark green leafy vegetables, plus some.
It ranks in the top 20 vegetables providing the phytochemicals that fight inflammation and cancer, numerous vitamins and especially folate and K, and minerals like calcium.
In particular, the combination of vitamin K and calcium, means it has the specific attention of the chiropractic fraternity; strong bones are essential for a long life, free from the disability and pain of osteoporotic fractures.
Arugula also contains a surprisingly large amount of vegetable protein; finding alternative sources to red meat is essential if we want a long life, free of cancer.
Whilst I'm not a vegetarian, we certainly are always on the lookout for tasty greens and legumes that provide us with an alternative source of protein. The nutrition of arugula should not be underestimated.
By the way the broad bean is the richest source of vegetable protein; twenty five percent. It too is easy to grow, but has a much longer growing season.
It's the phytochemical sulforaphane that gives arugula the ability to prevent cancer; at least, that's where the research is progressing.
Pharmaceutical companies are working hard at producing a drug based on this sulforaphane that will give us that protection. For our part, we believe that we should let our food be our medicine; get it in part from the nutrition of arugula, at a tiny fraction of the price.
At the chiropractic coalface, the patient with progressive weakness of the quadriceps from diabetes remains a huge challenge. They are unable to rise easily from a chair and falls due to weakness of the muscles around the knee are commonplace. All dark green leafy vegetables, including arugula have an antioxidant called alpha lipoic acid that lowers blood glucose.
Raised blood glucose causes damage to the nerves supplying particularly the quadriceps muscle; it's a especially distressing neuropathy, also causing that lurgy that all men dread; impotence.
Inability to walk, regular falls and impotence are all good reasons to enjoy the nutrition of arugula, and all dark green leafy vegetables on a regular basis; before the disability arrives.
Sulforaphane is a phytochemical found in dark green leafy vegetables; it's an especially important part of the nutrition of arugula, but also found in large amounts in broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
It's complex biochemistry, far beyond the scope of this page, but sulforaphane is derived from a compound called glucoraphanin that is found in dark green leafy vegetables. Strong research involving more than 50 studies is showing that it is the active ingredient that is able to detoxify cancer-causing agents that we are all exposed to on a daily basis.
That could be diesel fumes in the air we breathe, asbestos fibres in the water we drink, and pesticides on the foods we eat, for example; we simply cannot escape them.
Add to that the dubious colouring agents, preservatives and flavour enhancers added to our processed food, and it's clear that we all should be consuming these detoxifying vegetables on a daily basis; after the tumour in the breast or prostate has been found, it may be too late. Prevention is the key.
Traditionally, eggs Florentine are poached on a bed of spinach; I find it a little dull, though let it be acknowledged that it's extremely nutritious, especially if you can find free range.
Instead we introduce a little fried onion, garlic, chili, tomatoes and then the greens and eggs; it's a breakfast to die for, with all the benefits and more of the traditional recipe.
You can include whatever dark green leafy vegetables that you like; I often add kale or beet tops for their protection of the eyes and generalised inflammation in the body; lutein and betaine there are the active ingredients.
Mixing the greens brings you their individual benefits; add the nutrition of arugula to that of spinach, kale, onions, chilies and tomatoes. The flavour is simply terrific, and it's such a pleasure to be able to enjoy a meal without having to worry about calories and cholesterol; tuck in, you're in for a treat.
In fact, if you really want to strike that word diet from your vocabulary, then just get into foods like this on a daily basis; those pounds will slowly come off; permanently.
Diets don't work any way; after one year, 95% are back to their original weight, or heavier; that's researched, no matter which you follow. They are a complete waste of your time, energy and money; and will make you sorely depressed.
We usually enjoy it on a slice of toast made from low GI bread.
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