by Serisha Singh
Crispy, fresh and nutritious, lettuce is a staple in salads, sandwiches and other snacks perfect for warmer whether. It’s also packed with health benefits.
Lettuce aids weight loss
Lettuce is very low in kilojoules and comprised mainly of water making it excellent for those on a diet. It’s also high in fibre aiding digestion. Its magnesium, potassium and calcium content also helps enhance metabolic function as do the varieties of vitamin B it contains.
Boosts your iron levels
Lettuce contains a relatively high amount of chlorophyll and iron, which are essential for the synthesis of haemoglobin in red blood cells. This helps to beat anaemia.
Detoxes your body
Lettuce is rich in anti-oxidants, especially beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E. These substances help to rid the body of toxins, prevent damage caused by free-radicals and aging, and lower the risk of chronic diseases and cancer.
Strengthens your bones
There is evidence that lettuce has a protective effect on bone health, due to its high content of vitamin K. Vitamin K is required for the synthesis of osteocalcin, a bone protein which helps strengthen bone tissue. This bone protective action is particularly effective in preventing osteoporosis-related fractures in post-menopausal women and older adults.
High in fibre, lettuce and its juice can help stimulate the function and motility of the intestinal tract, relieve constipation and cleanse the colon.
Fights off the pain
Lettuce latex has been used for centuries by physicians as a substitute for opium, due to its natural sedative and painkilling properties. Today its medicinal use is limited to treat sleep disorders, nervous excitability, anxiety and restlessness. Simply drink a glass of lettuce juice an hour before bedtime to have a restful night’s sleep.