This hot, peppery leaf is packed with essential disease-fighting nutrients, and is a healthful way to liven up a salad.
Rocket, also known as arugula, rucola or roquette, is a spicy salad leaf with a distinct "peppery-mustardy" flavor.
Like most salad greens, rocket is very low in calories and is high in vitamins A and C. It also contains fiber and sulfuraphane, a substance known to have potent anticancer properties. This substance is found in all cruciferous vegetables, and is a potent stimulator of natural detoxifying enzymes in the body, and research has shown it to have anticancer, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial properties.
Scientists from Saudi Arabia found that rocket extract was a safe and natural alternative gastric ulcer treatment. Laboratory animals pretreated with this herb extract were protected from the development of gastric ulcers despite being exposed to a host of toxins and stresses.
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