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3 Reasons to Eat Arugula

Updated on March 19, 2013

Arugula Is A Good Source of Calcium

This is one area in which arugula beats its more popular relative, spinach. Arugula has about the same amount of calcium as spinach, without being as high in oxalates, which actually inhibits the calcium absorption. Calcium is very important for healthy bones as well as many other important bodily functions. Many people do not get enough calcium in their diets, so eating calcium rich foods such as arugula can be a great step towards better health.

Arugula Is Rich in Vitamin K

Arugula is one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K. Like Calcium, Vitamin K is also important for bone health. It is also essential for blood clotting.

Arugula May Prevent Cancer

Arugula is classified as a cruciferous vegetable along with broccoli and cauliflower. Cruciferous vegetables are thought have powerful anticancer properties. They contain glucosinolates which mix with an enzyme that convert them to isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates play a role in cancer prevention by combating carcinogens and inhibiting cell proliferation. They may be especially helpful in preventing lung and esophageal cancers.

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