Lesser known benefits of lettuce!

By Irengbam Jenny | Last Updated: Sep 18, 2015, 16:16 PM IST

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New Delhi: Who doesn't want to eat the leafy green vegetable, lettuce? Be it in your crunchy green salads, sandwiches or burger, these leafy vegetables are the most sought after greens.

Rich in minerals, vitamins and fiber, the crispy, green or crimson-red leaves of lettuce contains incredible sources of essential nutrients that are beneficial to our health.

Several types of lettuce are available - green or red leaves, romaine, iceberg or asparagus lettuce.

Here are some of the amazing health benefits of this leafy vegetables:

Weight loss: Lettuce helps in getting rid of those extra fat as it contains fiber and cellulose. It also has a good proportion of nutrients with such less fat and calories which is considered as perfect weight loss-inducing veggie.

Good for hair: Eating lettuce and drinking its juice regularly stimulates hair growth and makes them healthy.  

Healthy heart: This leafy veggie is good for heart as it contains vitamin C and beta-carotene which help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. So, one must include lettuce in their daily diet to protect from any heart diseases.

Insomnia: A white fluid called lactucarium found in the leafy vegetables helps in inducing relaxation and sleep. It has been found to have properties similar to opium other than its toxic side effects. Eating few leaves or drinking some lettuce juice will help you get rid of insomnia.

Good for skin: Lettuce contains vitamin E and vitamin C which is good for skin. Vitamin E also provides protection against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and reduces the risk of skin diseases.