Lettuce, nutritional and therapeutic properties. Tips for using raw and cooked lettuce. Recipe of lettuce decoction to make the most of all its properties.
Lettuce, nutritional and therapeutic properties
The two main onespropertyof thelettucethey are configured both in the nutritional and in the therapeutic field.
Lettuce is made up of 95% water and thus has a great ability to rehydrate the body, stimulate diuresis and counteract water retention. The second characteristic, for which thelettucehas a strong popularity in the field of natural remedies, is the blandsedative and calming activityexercising.
For his calming properties (and also because it is a light dish), lettuce is particularly suitable to be eaten for dinner.
Lettuce, calming properties
For hisbeneficial properties, thelettuceit is the perfect food for those predisposed to diseases affecting the cardiovascular system: acting as a mild sedative it would be able to calm tachycardias and hypertension and even nerves on the surface.
The sedative and calming propertiesthey are more overt not in the lettuce leaves, but in its foot.
From the foot of the freshly picked lettuce, a whitish secretion with a milky consistency comes out. This white liquid is called lactucarium and has modest sedative properties, similar to those of opium.
Lettuce, nutritional and beneficial properties
Lettuce provides important micronutrients such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper, potassium, sodium and many others.
Consumption of lettucecan be recommended when the body needs a supplement of these precious micronutrients: yes, lettuce can be considered a natural supplement of mineral salts.
It should be remembered that vegetables such as lettuce, if grown on excessively fertilized soils can give birth tocontraindications.
Those who have the opportunity should only consume lettuce grown in their own garden (after all lettuce is easy to grow) or lettuce grown organically.
Lettuce grown in soils that are too rich in nitrates (nitrogen compounds that largely result from excessive fertilization) can accumulate these substances in the leaves.
In our body, nitrates, especially in the absence of vitamin C, can be transformed into nitrites, compounds with a certain toxicity, especially for the most vulnerable people (children, the elderly, pregnant women ...).
Lettuces that contain less nitrates are those that are fertilized little and harvested at the end of the day. In fact, exposure to sunlight reduces the concentration of nitrates in the leaves.
To mitigate this contraindication, it's betteraromatizesalad with a few drops of lemon juice which contains vitamin C.
If you have enough space on the terrace or in the garden, you can consider growing lettuce in pots or in the garden. Follow the advice of our guide: how to grow lettuce.
Decoction of lettuce and cooked lettuce
The properties described so far described the nutrients supplied with theraw lettuce but another way to exploit the properties of lettuce involves the preparation of a decoction.
Lettuce can also be eaten cooked (but better if with short cooking and with a limited use of water). The best prepared cooked lettuce involves the use of the steam cooking method. Therecooked lettuceit can enrich soups and soups, it can be boiled or stewed but, as stated, the steam method is recommended for cooking lettuce because the micronutrients tend to disperse in the cooking water. This is why the decoction is a good strategy to take full advantage ofpropertyof this vegetable.
How to prepare lettuce decoction
A lettuce decoction is prepared by boiling half a lettuce log in ¼ liter of water for 5 minutes. After the waiting time, filter, let the necessary cool down and drink the liquid.
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