If you ever see a salad green referred to as “rocket,” it’s simply another name for arugula, or roquette in French. Arugula is one of the leafy green vegetables that contain cleansing properties to counteract the poisoning effects of heavy metals in the system. It also has the ability to eradicate pesticides and herbicides from the body.
Arugula is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A, C (to boost the immune system), and K (for bone strength), plus nutrients including folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese.
If that wasn't enough, it provides high levels of protein, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, zinc, copper, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) for raising good cholesterol levels and lowering the bad. It can lower blood pressure, increase blood flow, lower inflammation, and improve blood vessel function. This all adds up to healthy bones and improved eyesight. Its antioxidant properties are good for healthy, beautiful and glowing skin.
Arugula ranks among the top 20 foods in regards to ANDI score (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index). The ANDI score measures vitamin, mineral, and phytonutrient content in relation to caloric content. To earn a high rank, a food must provide a high amount of nutrients for a small amount of calories.
For mothers who are expecting, arugula is a wonderful choice to add to your diet. Folates, a classification which includes folic acid, have been shown to decrease occurrences in certain mental defects in newborns. It is rich in folates, as are many leafy vegetables.
I love, love the taste, its herbaceous peppery flavor is perfect in my salads.