Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Arugula Health Benefits

Arugula is an excellent, natural source of vitamin A, which plays a role in the maintenance of healthy eyes and skin, and vitamin K which helps the body produce blood-clotting proteins and is important for bone health. As a nutrient powerhouse, arugula is also an excellent source of vitamin C and folate, and a good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Despite its leafy appearance, arugula belongs to the same plant family as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, called cruciferous vegetables. These vegetables are unique in that they’re rich in compounds that, in conjunction with a healthy diet, have been linked to a number of potential health benefits. Additionally, arugula is a great source of lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants shown to promote eye health and possibly protect against age-related macular degeneration (eye disease).
Arugula is a great choice for people who avoid dairy products, as it’s low in a molecule called oxalate. This molecule is present in a variety of fruits and vegetables (in varying amounts) and can compromise the body’s ability to absorb calcium.

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