Arugula, also known as rocket and rucola, is a lesser known cruciferous vegetable that provides many of the same benefits as other vegetables of the same family — broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts.
Arugula leaves are tender and bite-sized with a tangy flavor. Along with other leafy greens, arugula contains very high nitrate levels (more than 250 milligrams per 100 grams).
High intakes of dietary nitrate have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the amount of oxygen needed during exercise, and enhance athletic performance.
This article provides a nutritional breakdown of arugula and an in-depth look at its possible health benefits, how to incorporate more arugula into your diet, and any potential health risks associated with consuming arugula.
It’s a chill season and that wintry weather season has a bad name. It is called as the flu season or the cold season or the season when contagious diseases abound.
This is the nasty time of year when everybody is getting sick and especially in a home with large families because when one person gets sick then everybody else gets sick.
Are you worried about getting sick this flu season? Are you want some wonderful remedies to help you feeling better as well as stay feeling better this cold and flu season?
Well, by following a few some health tips, you can lower your risk of getting sick and limb yourself with some natural options to punt your infection fast.
Acid reflux is painful. Food and acid splash into the esophagus and cause belching, heartburn and, in some severe cases, chest pains. Some individuals have experienced pain so intense they thought they had a heart attack. If a person experiences acid reflux on a regular basis, the acids will irritate the esophagus, which may advance to scarring, ulceration, swelling, or hemorrhaging. What is the risk of acid reflux? Many experts agree, if acid reflux persists, it may lead to esophageal cancer.
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is the unassuming powerhouse of herbal medicine. Often mischaracterized as a weed, dandelion (the leaf in particular) is packed with beneficial nutrients that allow it to make substantial, positive contributions toward supporting good health. In traditional Chinese medicine, dandelion is used to encourage liver health, nourish bones and joints, and support the body’s normal detoxification routes. The plant is easy to grow, easy to use, and its many positive attributes might surprise you.
The kidneys are among the most important organs in the human body. The kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, pulling waste products out and regulating fluid balance. They shunt unnecessary nutrients, excess water, and toxins to the bladder for elimination as urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process and excrete waste, excess minerals, and toxins and crystals of unprocessed minerals begin to develop. Kidney stones, if they’re large enough, may cause tearing and pain, some even block urine flow.
The following are some simple natural remedies that may help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones and speed up the body’s natural healing processes.
It's that magical time of year again; the holiday decorations are up, friends are planning parties, and everyone is feeling warm, fuzzy, and grateful. For some of us, however, this festive season can mean exposure to a bunch of foods and drinks that are less than friendly to our digestion. The best strategy, of course, is to avoid inflammatory or trigger foods—like kombucha, cruciferous veggies, mushrooms, and dairy, which can all cause bloating—as much as we can. Another option is to experiment in the kitchen and try to make some healthier versions of our favorite comfort foods.
But if these two preventive strategies fall through, and you find yourself regretting those cream-filled mashed potatoes (as delicious as they were), it's a great idea to have some digestion-saving natural remedies, like the ones below, on hand.
A baby in her mother’s womb gets nourishment from the food that the mother eats and drinks. It is the major source of the nourishment. Thus, it is recommended that women must practice healthy diet in pregnancy. The pregnant woman requires a lot of folic acid, calcium, protein and iron all throughout.
Folic acid is required by the women to prevent any birth defect in the spine and brain of the baby. This condition is known as the Neural tube defects. Calcium is also required to strengthen the teeth and bones of the babies. If the woman is deficient in calcium, the mineral will be taken from that of the body of the mother. Also, iron is yet another essential element for a pregnant woman. This is because, if the woman doesn’t have enough iron, the baby may be born anaemic. And, the babies will develop some risks of infections. Last but not the least, protein is the element, which is required in huge quantities by the pregnant women. This mineral is required by the women to develop the essential organs of the baby, which include the heart and the brain.
Here, we shall discuss about some of the essential food items, which must be included in the diet in pregnancy. Let’s look at them one by one.
Many societies, especially those of the Americas and China, have a history of using cayenne pepper therapeutically. A powerful compound with many uses, cayenne pepper is currently gaining buzz for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the Master Cleanse, which uses the spice to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity.
The benefits of fasting are many and various. Fasting supports good health by promoting a healthy body weight, encouraging normal cognitive function, and even facilitating detoxification. Now, research has also shown that fasting may help reset the immune system.
Cranberries are a favorite part of Thanksgiving celebrations, consumed as cranberry sauce, cranberry drinks, and dried cranberries added to stuffing, casseroles or dessert.
No one knows for sure how they became associated with holiday feasts, but historians guess it had something to do with the Native Americans, who used cranberries not only for food and medicine but also to make dyes for clothing and blankets.
Cranberries are native to North America. They are farmed on approximately 40,000 acres across the northern United States (U.S.) and Canada.
Cranberries are a healthful food, due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content. They are often referred to as a "super food." Half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories.
The nutrients in cranberries have been linked to a lower risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.
This MNT Knowledge Center feature is part of a collection of articles on the health benefits of popular foods.