Romaine lettuce is a fantastic leafy green that contains all 8 of the essential amino acids. It is also high in omega-3, calcium, and iron and has more vitamin C than an orange. Romaine is rich in beta carotene, folate, and vitamins E & K. The beta carotene and folate in romaine lettuce can reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke, while the vitamins E & K can help balance blood sugar, strengthen muscles and bones, and build a healthy immune system.
It can also help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and its high silicon content helps to repair and renew joints, bones, arteries, and connective tissues. Romaine is also unique in that it contains very low levels of oxalic acid making it an ideal leafy green for those who are prone to kidney stones and/or joint pain.
Its antispasmodic properties aid the cardiovascular system and the digestive tract. Romaine lettuce contains sedative compounds that relax the nerves and calm the body. It can help prevent nightmares and provide support for a good nights sleep. Romaine is an excellent addition to smoothies. Blend a head of romaine with two oranges, this has more calcium than a glass of milk.
Or make a smoothie with bananas, blueberries, romaine, and a little coconut water for a protein & antioxidant energy boost. For salads, chopped romaine makes an excellent crunchy base for all of your fixings. Or try stuffing whole leaves with guacamole, salsa, and sprouts and eat like a taco.
This item posted: 08-Jul-2015
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