Islamic Medicine

Lettuce, purifies the blood

Lettuce, purifies the blood

عَنْهُ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَمَّنْ ذَكَرَهُ عَنْ أَبِي حَفْصٍ الْأَبَّارِ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ: عَلَيْكُمْ بِالْخَسِ‏ فَإِنَّهُ يُصَفِّي الدَّمَ‏. (المحاسن ج2، ص514. الکافی ط-الاسلامیه ج6، ص367)

Imam Sadiq (PBUH): “Eat lettuce and indeed it purifies the blood.”

(Al-Mahasin. vol.2, p.514. Al-Kafi, vol. 6, p.367)

Scientific Proofs

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Romaine’s vitamin C and beta-carotene content make it a heart-healthy green. Vitamin C and beta-carotene work together to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. When cholesterol becomes oxidized, it becomes sticky and starts to build up in the artery walls forming plaques. If these plaques become too large, they can block off blood flow or break, causing a clot that triggers a heart attack or stroke. The fiber in Romaine lettuce adds another plus in its column of heart-healthy effects. In the colon, fiber binds to bile salts and removes them from the body. This forces the body to make more bile, which is helpful because it must break down cholesterol to do so. This is just one way in which fiber is able to lower high cholesterol levels.

Equally beneficial to heart health is Romaine’s folic acid content. This B vitamin is needed by the body to convert a damaging chemical called homocysteine into other, benign substances. If not converted, homocysteine can directly damage blood vessels, thus greatly increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. In addition, romaine lettuce is a very good source of potassium, which has been shown in numerous studies to be useful in lowering high blood pressure, another risk factor for heart disease. With its folic acid, vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and fiber content, romaine lettuce can significantly contribute to a heart-healthy diet.

  • Jacques Courseault is a physiatrist in New Orleans, Louisiana and is affiliated with Touro Infirmary. He received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and has been in practice between 6-10 years. He is one of 15 doctors at Touro Infirmarywho specialize in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Vitamins C and K

The high vitamin C content of romaine lettuce makes it a heart-healthy vegetable. One serving of romaine lettuce can provide up to 4 mg or 40 percent of your recommended daily needs. In particular, vitamin C prevents cholesterol from becoming sticky and adhering to the walls of your blood vessels. Thus, if you have heart disease, or a strong family history of heart disease, you should include one to two servings of romaine lettuce in your daily diet to keep your heart healthy. Romaine lettuce is also high in vitamin K, with 100 micrograms in 100 grams of lettuce. Vitamin K is important in helping your blood clot properly and also helps build strong bones.

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