🎉 🎉 I learned so much about the health benefits of lettuce when researching this post!
🥗 I really thought that I was going to be writing about the fiber in lettuce, but there is so much more!
🥗 Lettuce is one of the most valuable healing foods because of it's high organic water content.
🥗 Lettuce also has nearly all the necessary vitamins.
🥗 Did you know: the outer leaves have the most nutrients. Yes, I'm guilty of tossing those, too. They usually don't look as nice.
🥗 The greener and darker the leaf, the more nutritious it is.
🥗 Lettuce contains the most silicone of all common vegetables. Silicone helps renew joints, bones, arteries and all connective tissue.
🥗 Lettuce is at it's medicinal best when it has bolted to seed. the milky juice contains sedative, narcotic, and anesthetic properties.
🥗 Lettuce contains magnesium, chromium, and folate, all of which contribute to it's calming effect.
🥗 Lettuce is also know to help cure insomnia and nightmares, probably due to the minerals above.
🥗 In both ancient Egypt and ancient Rome, lettuce was served at the end of the meal to bring on sleep.
🥗 Lettuce also contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. The lactucarium from the milky latex, can eradicate various types of yeast, including candida.
🥗 The terpenes and cardenolides found in lettuce can protect from harmful microbes.
🥗 Interestingly, extracts from lettuce are found to be neuro-protectors. They can reduce neural cell death due to a glucose metabolizing property.
🥗 Lettuce is also rich in anti-oxidants, which helps fight inflammation.
🍴 So let's eat more salads! Don't forget to slice some of the radishes from last week!
Welcome to Farmer's Market Friday
Each week I will feature a vegetable, fruit, nut, seed, or herb.
Farmer's Market Recipe Contest
Submit your recipe for any of the foods included in Farmer's Market Friday. I'll compile my favorites in and ebook (that I'll send you to you).
At the end of each month, I'll pick one winner out of a hat of all the people that submitted that month, to receive a free copy of Deborah Madison's cookbook, Vegetable Literacy or The New Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone....your choice.