Arugula Health Benefits in Your Food

  • on August 22, 2018

Arugula Health Benefits


Native of our Mediterranean region, the Arugula is known in Lebanon as Jarjeer. We also call it Rocca, a derivative from its French name Roquette. The Rocca Salad is almost always present on our Mezza tables for its fresh peppery flavor that accompanies well the grills and the enjoyment of the Arak drink.

The arugula or Rocca does more than that though. It is rich in Vitamin C and Potassium, and impressively high in Vitamin K. That in addition to other numerous health values.

It is also said to be aphrodisiac, which prompted French monasteries to forbid it in their gardens during the Middle Ages.[1]

One thing for sure, the Arugula is a super healthy leaf vegetable with numerous health benefits!

On that note, I share with you observing for years a senior relative of my father consuming Fresh Arugula everyday from a big bowl on her laps. She would eat it as is, and as we munch potato chips in front of a good TV series. She lived mind-alert, full of energy, and with a physical force incredible for her well-advanced age, past her 100 years.


Studies are numerous that speak of increased energy and healthier complexion with the increase of consumption of the arugula, and also of the decrease in the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, obesity, and certain types of cancer.

Let’s take a look together at that which makes this leaf vegetable so awesome.




  • Highly Antioxidant, and loaded with great amount of folic acid, hence great against free radicals
  • Impressively High in Vitamin K: 100 gr arugula provides 136% of the Vitamin K daily requirement
  • High in Vitamin A (47%), Vitamin C (25%), and Folate (24%)

    Try our Traditional Light and Zesty Arugula Salad

  • Boosts Immune System
  • Strengthens Bone and Teeth
  • Support Eye Health / Improves vision
  • Helps with Weight Loss and Weight Management
  • Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases
  • Good source of minerals, manganese. and carotenoids
  • Relieves Osteoporosis Symptoms
  • Promotes Body Energy
  • Reduces Risk of certain types of Cancer: breast, prostate, colon, and ovarian
  • Support production of Red Blood Cells
  • Minimal Calorie: 1%
  • Improves the health of blood vessels and lowers cholesterol
  • Very alkaline: helps maintains an optimal PH level of the body


Arugula Oil  is used in traditional middle-eastern medicine to strengthen the hair and promote its healthy growth and gloss. Its is also used as a natural anti-inflammatory for skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis.


To Your Good Health and Well-Being, Cheers!


(1) Padulosi, Pignone D., Editors, Rocket: A Mediterranean Crop for the World (International Plant Genetic Resources Institute,1997), p. 41.

Disclaimer: The information contained in these topics is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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