It’s no secret that leafy vegetables are packed full of nutrients that help keep our bodies well. While popular picks like spinach and kale get most of the air-time, there’s another leafy green that deserves just as much attention-arugula!

Arugula is a bitter leafy green, also known as rucola and Italian cress. It’s a cruciferous veggie just like broccoli and collard greens.

Unlike the more popular (and tamely tasting) salad bases like romaine, butter lettuce, or spinach and kale, arugula has more of a kick to it, with many describing it as peppery and a little spicy.

Here are some of the nutrients arugula is high in:

Folate – This nutrient helps to keep cells healthy and optimally functioning.

Magnesium – Plays an important role in calming your nervous system in addition to supporting heart health.

Fiber – In need of balancing your blood sugar? Fiber is the ticket, and it’s also great for helping to support gut health and removing toxins from the body.

Vitamin A – Helps support healthy skin, eyes, and reproductive health.

Calcium – Maintains strong and healthy bones as well as keeps your muscles and nerves working adequately.

The next time you’re in the mood for a salad or sandwich, consider tossing some arugula into the mix.

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