Arugula, scientific name Eruca Sativa, is also known as rocket salad and belongs to the Cruciferae family; it grows wild in the Mediterranean area up to a height of 800 meters above sea level; the leaves of arugula have a strong taste, almost acidic, which characterizes them.
The life cycle of the arugula is very fast so that, after sowing which usually occurs in the spring, can be harvested several times in a few weeks; the rocket salad can be grown in containers.
In addition to arugula home there is also a wild arugula, while maintaining the same taste, has different leaves and flowers of another color.
Arugula: Properties and benefits
The rocket salad is composed of 91% water, 2.5% protein, 3.5% carbohydrates and for the remainder of ash, fiber, fat and sugar; as regards the minerals are present in good quantity calcium and phosphorus and to follow are the sodium, phosphorus, zinc, iron and manganese.
In the arugula there are vitamin A, vitamin C, some of the group B, the E, vitamin K and vitamin J; very important the presence of Beta-Carotene, substance with antioxidant properties and able to bring benefits to our body.
Benefits and Curative Properties of Arugula ( or Salad Rocket )
One of the arugula properties is to facilitate the digestive process, in fact its intake is able to stimulate the production of gastric juices; in addition to the digestive properties arugula facilitates the expulsion of fluids from the body and is therefore a discrete diuretic.
The arugula, if taken in the form of infusion has relaxing properties, while if eaten cooked, is beneficial to the liver; A recent study in rats showed that the arugula has beneficial effects on the stomach as regards the prevention of ulcer.
Finally, the arugula, thanks to the presence of vitamin C, can be consumed in conjunction with colds and coughs to accelerate healing; the presence of minerals instead makes the arugula a valuable supplement that can be beneficial to the immune system making the body more resistant to seasonal allergies.
Arugula and Curiosity
The arugula is very easy to grow and grows well on almost all types of terrain; the only caution is to keep it protected from the wind.
The name "Eruca" comes from the Latin word "urere" meaning to burn; this because of the pungent taste of its leaves and its seeds in particular.
The arugula also has carminative properties as it promotes the expulsion of gas from the intestine.
Thanks to the presence of certain active, the extracts of arugula are used in cosmetics for the preparation of beauty creams.
There are no known side effects of the arugula except irritation that may result from excessive consumption.
In some areas of Italy where the cold is not particularly hard, arugula maintains its ability vegetative even in winter.
Another property of the rocket is to treat the cough of nervous origin.
Arugula as Aphrodisiac
Arugula is known since ancient times as an herb with therapeutic properties, it was also considered an excellent aphrodisiac, and was then used, still in ancient times, to combat the problems of impotence. It seems that at the time of the ancient Romans these particular properties of the rocket were particularly in vogue so that we can find news in literary works of famous personalities of the time such as the poet Ovid or doctor greek Discoride.
We do not know whether it is true or false as stated by herbalist Matthias de L'Obel in his works of 1575, Stirpium Plantarum, in which he recounts that some monks, excitedly after drinking a beverage composed of arugula, reneged their vow of chastity.
Arugula ( or Salad Rocket ): Properties and benefits
Arugula: Properties and benefits
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