Rocket Leaves

Arugula (scientific name: Eruca sativa) is one of the nutritious green-leafy vegetables of Mediterranean origin. It is a small, low growing annual herb-featuring dandelion like succulent, elongated, lobular leaves with green-veins.
Arugula is known as ‘salad rocket’ simply because of its rocket-fast growth speed. Also known as ‘garden rocket’ as it is popularly grown in gardens, along with other herbs like parsley and basil. It is highly drought resistant and is cultivated in areas of poor rainfall. It needs little water, grows in dry disturbed soil and shoots up to form a mature plant in short period.
Salad rocket is an excellent source for Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and B-complex group vitamins. Studies found that vitamin A and flavonoid compounds in green leafy vegetables help protect from skin, lung and oral cavity cancers.
Vitamin C is a powerful, natural anti-oxidant. Foods rich in this vitamin help the human body protect from scurvy disease, develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity), and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.
Vitamin K has potential role in bone health by promoting osteotrophic (bone formation and strengthening) activity. In addition, adequate vitamin-K levels in the diet help limiting neuronal damage in the brain and thus, has established role in the treatment of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Its leaves contain adequate levels of minerals, especially copper and iron. In addition, it has small amounts of some other essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Other facts on Salad Rocket
1. Arugula was hailed as a potent aphrodisiac during the ancient civilization of Rome.
2. In ancient times, powerful love potions were made using arugula and other herbs like lavender.
3. Even today, you can gain the benefits of arugula by eating it regularly to boost sexual performance.
4. Studies show those who eat arugula on a regular basis are found to have more sexual drive and energy.
5. It enhances the sensory system and stimulates the body’s touch responses.
Juliati Surya (200 hr YTT Weekend Class Aug ‘15)

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