Last updated on Nov 2nd, 2017 at 11:17 am

A wonderful addition, to sandwiches and salads, rocket is a flavour-packed salad leaf. But did you know that it has a range of health benefits? Read on to find out more.

It is also known as arugula and contains many nutrients

This includes vitamin C, K and A as well as high levels of nitrates. In fact, it provides many of the health benefits of kale, broccoli and Brussel sprouts. In addition, it contains fibre, folate, and iron and is low in kilojoules making it a great choice to include in your diet.

Protect against cancer

Like other cruciferous vegetables, it contains glucosinolates which are broken down into powerful compounds in the body. These compounds protect your cells from damage and have been shown to inactivate cancer cells.

Vitamin K for a healthy heart, bones and skin

Rocket is definitely rich in vitamin K – containing 109mg of the vitamin per 100 grams. Vitamin K regulates blood clotting so that your injuries heal when you get hurt. It also helps regulate blood pressure for a healthier heart and ensures calcium is carried to your bones.

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Boost eyesight with rocket

Two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, are found in this veggie. These antioxidants protect the macula of your eye from degeneration. They also guard against damage caused by UV light and blue light.

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