Peppery watercress leaves are
rich in vitamin C and also
contain chemicals to help
protect us against lung

Watercress leaves are a powerhouse of nutrients—even if eaten in small quantities—and provide good amounts of vitamins C and K, potassium, and calcium. They are also a great source of carotenes and lutein for eye health. Watercress is rich in a variety of plant chemicals that can help prevent or minimize cancers, including phenylethyl isothiocynate, which can help to block the action of cells that are linked with lung cancer. Watercress is also said to detoxify the liver and cleanse the blood, and the benzyl oils it contains are powerful antibiotics. It can also help improve night blindness and the sun-sensitive condition called porphyria.

  • Helps prevent lung and other cancers.

  • Detoxifying and blood cleansing.

  • Can improve eye health and night blindness.

  • High in vitamin K for bone health and healthy blood.

Practical tips:

Buy watercress that has no yellowing or wilting leaves, and store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or, if bunched, put the bunch in a mug of water up to leaf height. Wash watercress before use and shake to remove excess water. Increase your intake of watercress by using it for a soup with onion and potato. Watercress goes very well with fresh orange segments in a salad.

It is best to buy commercially produced watercress rather than searching for wild watercress, as this mainly grows in polluted waters and may carry bacteria.

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