Arugula is called “salad rocket” because it grows at rocket speed. But this nickname is appropriate for another reason — this spicy little green is like rocket fuel for your health… and libido too.
Arugula is a member of the Cruciferae family which includes broccoli — the brassica that stops cancer growth, and horseradish — believed to be even 10x better at clobbering cancer than broccoli, as well as cauliflower, kale and cabbage.
And like its cruciferous cousins, arugula’s cancer-fighting prowess comes from its high antioxidant content. But it’s one particular type of antioxidant that makes cruciferous vegetables extremely effective cancer-cell killers — glucosinolates.
These sulfur-based compounds are turned into isothiocyanates in your body… and isothiocyanates have been shown time and time again to fight cancer. They can obliterate cancer cells from leukemia, prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer and colorectal cancer.
In fact, a 2014 study found that one specific isothiocyanate in arugula can really do a number on breast cancer cells. Researchers discovered that this isothiocyanate, called erucin, stopped the growth of new breast cancer cells — and killed existing breast cancer cells to boot.
Arugula in the bedroom and beyond
Now, arugula’s cancer-fighting abilities are a relatively new discovery. They’ve come to light in the past couple of decades. But its power as an aphrodisiac has ancient roots that go back centuries. In fact, arugula was a popular aphrodisiac in ancient Egypt and Rome. And today, modern science only confirms what the ancients already knew…
Arugula is like a shot of adrenaline for your sexual stamina. That’s because it contains a broad spectrum of minerals and antioxidants which protect your body from libido-lowering toxins. Of course, arugula’s amazing benefits go way beyond the bedroom. Besides fighting cancer and spicing up your sex life, arugula can also:
- Improve your immune system
- Strengthen your bones
- Enhance your eye health
- Help you lose weight
- Prevent heart disease
- Decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
The reason for arugula’s continuous list of health benefits? It contains a long list of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid, potassium, manganese, iron, calcium and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
If you’re ready to start getting your fill of this libido-boosting, cancer-fighting wonder green, you can start by adding it to your salads. My favorite is arugula salad with grapes and sunflower seeds. But you don’t need to stop there— add it to pizza, soup, sandwiches and pasta. If you make arugula a staple in your daily diet, this so-called “salad rocket” will launch your health and your sex life right out of this galaxy.
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