The Wonders of Watercress

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Watercress, once a simple staple in finger sandwiches, continues to impress as a superfood.  Here are a few more reasons why you should be adding this antioxidant powerhouse to your diet:

  • Daily consumption of watercress results in a significant decrease in lymphocyte (white blood cell) DNA damage; DNA damage is an important event in cancer development.
  • Watercress is a cruciferous vegetable, and population studies associate an increased intake of cruciferous vegetables with reduced risk of cancers at several sites, including the breast and prostate.
  • Watercress is a rich source of the glucosinolate derivatives phenethyl isothiocyamate (PEITC) and methylsulphinylakyl isothiocyanates (MEITCs), which have a range of anticancer activities.
  • Beneficial effects against the three key stages of carcinogenesis (initiation, proliferation, and metastasis) were observed in  a study involving watercress extract and colon cancer cells.

How do you incorporate watercress into your diet?

2 thoughts on “The Wonders of Watercress

    • Hi Mary. Homegrown sprouts are fantastic for you. The more watercress the better. Shoot for at least one serving per day.

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