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Arugula's phytochemicals help guard against the health-sapping effects of stress.  When levels of stress hormones rise, the body launches an inflammatory response that is linked to concerns ranging from belly fat and skin aging to low immunity and cancer.  But the phytochemicals in the green leaves inhibit this inflammatory response.  We love arugula in salads but you can also enjoy it cooked.  Steam it for 30 seconds or saute with a little olive oil and a pinch of salt, or splash of soy sauce, for a delicious side.