Arugula, commonly called rocket salad (roquette in French) originates from the Latin word “eruca”. This green salad has a spicy, peppery taste and is full of key nutrients. Arugula acts like a powerhouse in your body, protecting you against heart disease, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and more.

Nitrates Reverse Cardiovascular Disease

Leafy greens are generally high in nitrates (naturally occurring compounds that are converted by the body into nitric oxide). Nitric oxide dilates arteries in the body and helps reverse heart disease, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases.

Arugula contains the highest level of nitrates among leafy greens. Other high-nitrate greens include basil, cilantro, spring greens, lettuce, and Swiss chard. Additionally, greens are rich with nutrients that decrease inflammation in the body.

Erectile Dysfunction

Most cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by inflamed and clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), resulting in impaired blood flow to the penis. Naturally, when there is blockage in the arteries of the penis, disease is present in the heart and the rest of the body as well. Penile arteries are much smaller than the arteries to the heart, so the symptoms of poor blood flow occur sooner in the penis than in the heart. Erectile dysfunction is considered a red flag, preceding heart symptoms by 2-3 years.

Prescription drug Viagra (sildenafil)

All drugs for erectile dysfunction (ED) such as Viagra, work the same way by increasing nitric oxide, increasing blood flow to the penis, and creating a better erection. However, these medications just temporarily cover up the symptom of vascular disease and really do nothing to treat the underlying problem. Furthermore, medications for ED are associated with serious side effects, such as a potentially fatal drop in blood pressure.

Mother Nature’s Viagra: Leafy Greens

Patients switching to a plant-based diet to treat heart disease often discover the added benefit of better sexual function. A whole food, plant-based diet—including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and leafy greens such as arugula—reverses atherosclerosis and unclogs blocked arteries without toxic side effects. Arugula, a once popular ancient Roman aphrodisiac, is just one example of how plants are the best medicine.