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Arugula is a popular salad plant nowadays, which has a peculiar spicy taste. The name "arugula" came to us from Italy. In Russian it is correct to call it "caterpillar".

Until recently, it was considered an ordinary weed, and today it is served in the best restaurants. Arugula is added to a variety of salads, soups and other dishes. Let's see what exactly is the secret of the success of this herb and how it can be used.

Interesting facts about arugula

Arugula combine several flavors: pepper, walnut and mustard. It has a kind of slightly sour with a slight sharpness of flavor. This taste and aroma are due to the presence of essential oils, in particular mustard oil.

Since the Roman Empire in the Mediterranean, arugula is considered an aphrodisiac. That is why in this region it is grown in large quantities. Currently, in Italy it is called arugula " viagra for the poor."

From touching with metal arugula oxidized, so when cooking it is better not to cut with a knife, and tear hands. For the same reason, dishes with arugula should be eaten immediately after cooking.

Useful properties of arugula

As part of arugula a lot of calcium necessary for the formation and renewal of bone tissue, iron, without which disturbed hematopoietic functions and can occur anemia, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, responsible for cell renewal and maintenance of youth, Riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin A, C, B6.

Arugula is very popular among slimming girls, because it has a low energy value and increases metabolism.A portion of arugula salad before lunch or dinner is a great weight control. The thing is that the spicy leaves are rich in fiber, so dishes with arugula quickly give a feeling of satiety.

Due to the high content of vitamins, macro - and microelements, arugula is the strongest energy source, it quickly tones the human body, increases efficiency, normalizes water-salt balance and prevents the development of Oncology.

To everything else, according to many doctors, it is arugula that helps prevent ulcers. Therefore, American gastroenterologists use it as a therapeutic agent to strengthen and protect the walls of the stomach.

Also, the use of arugula is useful for the human nervous system. The thing is that the components contained in it, have a mild soothing and sedative effect, which in turn prevents the destruction of nerve cells.

Arugula has a diuretic and disinfecting effect, facilitates the state of gout, inflammatory processes in the kidneys and urinary tract. It improves the condition of the skin, nails and hair. Arugula oil is successfully used to strengthen hair follicles and prevent hair loss.

Ascorbic acid, which is contained in this plant, prevents the negative effects of free radicals on the cells of our body. That is why use arugula is recommended for people suffering from hypertension or thrombophlebitis.