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?