8 Health Benefits of Lettuce

Why is lettuce respected at the time of the ancients?


Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) was first cultivated by the Egyptians, who had used lettuce for seed production.

In ancient Greece, the Greek philosophers were already in the time before the new era applied green salad as a cure for insomnia. Galen, a physician, used the lettuce before bedtime to eliminate fatigue and insomnia from which he suffered.

Today lettuce is favorite spring leafy vegetable, which is grown throughout the world, both in the southern and the northern parts of planet Earth.

What is the nutritional composition of lettuce?


Lettuce belongs to green leafy vegetables, which include spinach, Swiss chard, arugula and like. The largest share of the total matter makes 95% water and the rest is dry matter built of proteins, sugars, organic acids, cellulose, chlorophyll and a little fat.


Lettuce belongs to green leafy vegetables, which include spinachmangold, arugula and like. 

The largest share of the total matter makes 95% water and the rest is dry matter built of proteins, sugars, organic acids, cellulose, chlorophyll and a little fat.

The minerals that are present in lettuce are:

- Calcium
- Potassium
- Sodium
- Iron
- Magnesium
- Copper
- Manganese
- Zinc

The most vitamin part in lettuce belongs to vitamin C. Other vitamins in lettuce are - vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, folic acid, vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6.

From organic acids in lettuce are represented oxalic, malic and citric acid.

What are the Health Benefits of Lettuce?


 Lettuce is rich in vitamin C which increases immune system, prevents colds, and prevents stroke and heart attack.

 The presence of vitamin K in lettuce enables better blood clotting, preventing thrombosis and bruises.

 Lettuce is a potent antioxidant agent, because contains chlorophyll and vitamin E, the two main antioxidants that protect cells from damage.

Vitamin A and vitamin B2 are responsible for good vision, healthy skin and mucosal; and for full health of sexual glands.

 Lettuce is important for children, pregnant women and the elderly because it contains a lot of calcium, iron, folic acid, all important nutrients for proper development of bones, teeth, fulfillment of red blood cells and for the proper development of the nervous system.

 Quite a bit of sodium and potassium in lettuce enables the regulation of blood pressure, regulates the functioning of the kidneys and liver.

 Lettuce is rich in cellulose and plant fibers and high water content makes lettuce as low calorie food, which why is used in diets for weight loss.

 The consumption of lettuce helps to establish the alkaline balance of the body, which brings a number of benefits - increased energy, better digestion, clearer mind, and youthful looking skin.

How to bye and store lettuce?


When you buy a lettuce, select only fresh and firm heads with clear green leaves. Avoid dry leaves, leaves with dark stains, the leaves that contain sand or dirt.

Before use, tear leaves one by one and wash thoroughly under running water. Also, the leaves can be soak in an aqueous solution of salt and soda and let it rest for a while so that all pesticide free from leaves.

If you do not use all the lettuce, you can put it in a paper bag and refrigerate for 2-3 days.

If lettuce standing long, it will loses more vitamin C and other substances.

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