The Ancient Plant Romans Used to Help Fend off Digestive Disorders and Even Cancer
By Brandon Epstein
Whenever I recommend a fruit or vegetable, you can be sure I’m also incorporating it into my diet.
My recommendation for today is… Arugula!
Arugula is a leafy plant also referred to as salad rocket and is an absolute staple of a Mediterranean diet (and now mine).
The ancient Romans loved this leafy veggie and for good reason. Arugula has been shown to boost your overall health, your energy and even your love life.
Below, I am going to hit you with the four main reasons it’s on my grocery list:
1. It Helps Prevent Cancer
When it comes to keeping your body healthy, I think it’s super important to always take a proactive approach when you can. Arugula is a great proactive way to help prevent cancer.
It contains a complex of phytochemicals (plant-derived compounds), which fight against the agents in your body that could cause a cancer outbreak.
2. It’s Rich In Vitamin K And Folic Acid
Not a ton of foods are super rich in both Vitamin K and Folic Acid, but I know I can always get my fix of both when I eat Arugula.
Arugula is rich in Vitamin K, which has been shown to be beneficial to both your bones and your brain.
In addition, you can get your daily intake of folic acid by eating your daily salad with Arugula. This is super important for soon-to-be mothers who should be increasing their folic acid intake (more importantly, folate).
3. It Helps Detoxify And Cleanse Your Body
I will never tire of stating how important fiber is for a healthy digestion. Arugula is extremely rich in fiber, which helps cleanse your colon and improve bowel movements.
Also, the antioxidants and the minerals in arugula will also help detoxify your body. Want another super simple solution to getting all the benefits of the salad rocket leaves? I recommend cold-pressed juice. Here’s a super healthy recipe to kick start your day.
4. It’s A Natural Aphrodisiac
Here’s one extra reason why arugula might become your new favorite vegetable – it acts as a natural aphrodisiac.
Remember in the beginning of the article when I mentioned that Arugula has been grown since Roman times? One of the main uses was using it as an ingredient in love potions.
The Romans were in fact onto something there. Recent research has demonstrated that arugula leaf extract can boost testosterone levels in mice (according to a research conducted by Al-Nahrain University).
So, are you ready to hop on my band wagon and start including Arugula in your salad?
I would love to hear about any recipes you may already use it in. Let me know in the comments!
Brandon Epstein is a former college football player, turned professional fitness model and serial entrepreneur. These days he spends his time helping people look great and feel awesome over at ZenDudeFitness.com. He can also be found hosting the Zen Dude Fitness Podcast where he’s always looking for new ways to make fat loss fun, simple and efficient for everybody.
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