Watercress, a crucial anti aging health staple, is now starting to be recognized for its many beauty benefits. This hardy perennial contains a storehouse of nutrients and has been used as a health tonic since ancient times to cleanse the blood and liver of toxins and promote an overall feeling of good health. Rich in iron, calcium, potassium and Vitamin C, watercress has been used medicinally in a variety of ways from enhancing stamina, to ridding the body of excess fluids.
- Watercress is a cruciferous vegetable. Population studies associate an increased intake of these types of vegetables with reduced risk of cancers, including breast and prostate
- 80 grams of watercress, one cereal bowl full, provides one of the “at least 5 a day” portions of fruit and vegetables
- Watercress is high in folic acid which makes the herb especially beneficial for pregnant women. It was a staple recommendation for pregnant women in the early 1900’s.
Watercress also boasts a host of beauty-enhancing benefits. According to the famed 17th century English herbalist, Nicholas Culpepper, recommended this bitter herb to “free the face” from blotches, spots and blemishes. When consuming watercress regularly, people will find truly radiant and clear skin. In fact:
- Watercress is useful in treating skin eruptions like eczema, rashes and skin infections
- As a low-calorie vegetable, watercress may plan an important role in weight management. 85% of watercress calories are in the form of protein
- Watercress is an effective diuretic to banish bloat
Check back tomorrow for a wintry soup recipe found in the 28 Day Diet that incorporates watercress and another powerful detoxifying vegetable.
Which health or beauty benefits of watercress interest you most?