A vivid representative of cruciferous plants in cooking is an arugula. This plant, which belongs to the cabbage family, is a cruciferous representative whose properties are very-very valuable. A lot of plants of this family are known, and all of them are famous for their useful properties. Here, and the arugula is no exception, and it is a very interesting plant uncharacteristic of many others. The arugula is one of salads that has a very specific and spicy taste.
By the way, the arugula is used not only in cooking, but also in the cosmetology and medicine. More often, it is used just like a salad, but quite often you can see the sale of the arugula's oil. This plant is more often used in the cooking of European and South American countries, where the national spicy dishes are leading. Well, let us see, what is still useful in the arugula, and why is it so popular?!
Composition and Energy Value of Arugula
At once it is necessary to allocate a useful structure of this plant under consideration since without it is useless to discuss any properties. The most important components in the plant are vitamins. So, among the useful vitamins, there are vitamin E and vitamin C and also some B vitamins (mainly B1 and B6). In addition, there is a sufficient amount of vitamin A and vitamin K. By the way, only about 3.5 ounce of vitamin K will help getting the daily rate of this component. Thus, all these vitamins perform these or other useful properties.
Also, in the composition of the arugula there are mineral substances, micro and macro elements, among them:
- zinc and magnesium;
- sodium and selenium;
- phosphorus and manganese;
- a small amount of iron.
An energy value of the arugula is quite low and amounts to only 25 kcal per 100 gms. Such a useful composition has a very positive effect on the properties of this product, to which we will proceed below.
Useful Properties of Arugula
The most useful arugula action is on the digestive system of a human organism. So, it has a beneficial effect on the work of the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates the digestive processes, just the same thanks to the beneficial components that make up the composition. The arugula has a lactogonic property; it helps with diseases of the respiratory tract, with dry cough and cold. In this regard, it serves as an expectorant drug. It was also found that the plant contributes to the improvement of diuretic processes, and that due to this, the work of the genitourinary system is greatly improved. The arugula prevents the penetration into the organism and the development of bacteria and viruses in it, thus acting as an excellent immune agent. It is also logical that this plant also helps strengthening immunity, increasing hemoglobin in the blood. These are all the indisputable qualities of this product.
In addition, the arugula helps getting rid of the excess sugar and cholesterol, contained in the blood. In general, about 40% of its useful properties, the arugula has exactly on the circulatory system and immunity. It helps to get rid of many diseases, including the chronic ones, or those that have been persecuting a person since his childhood. So, it is useful to use the arugula for those who have venous blood diseases, or for people of advanced age, so have high blood pressure. Vitamin K, which is the part of the arugula, promotes rapid blood coagulation, which means that when healing wounds, this product will also be useful.
In addition, it should be noted a dietary property of this product. Since the arugula has a low caloric value, it is recommended to eat together with a diet dishes that is during the diet's period. At the same time, it accelerates and normalizes the metabolism in the organism and helps such persons not to lose energy and work capacity. In addition, despite the fact that this product is low in calories, the arugula gives a feeling of fullness and all thanks to the presence of cellulose in it. There is also evidence that the arugula is used to treat gastritis and acute diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, which once again proves its beneficial effect.
Harmful Properties and Contra-Indications of Arugula
There are no harmful properties in the arugula as such. The only thing that is worth noting is that its taste is not liked by everyone since in the process of eating it is quite edible, but in the end it becomes bitter and then burning in the throat. This causes many to abandon the arugula, or to use it in small doses. It is also known that the excessive consumption of this salad can cause diarrhea or upset stomach, and possibly light dizziness due to the persistent flavor and taste of the product in the mouth.
Thus, the arugula is a valuable useful product, having its own and unique valuable properties.