Monday, October 5, 2009

Add Watercress to your daily diet (Loaded with health benefits)

Watercress is a perennial plant native from Europe to central Asia, and one of the oldest known leaf vegetables consumed by human beings. Watercress plants are members of the Family Brassicaceae or cabbage family, botanically related to garden cress and mustard — all noteworthy for a peppery, tangy flavour (2009).

The University of Ulster's Chris Gill and colleagues say their study "supports the theory" that watercress, eaten raw, may cut cancer risk by curbing DNA damage, according to Maranda Hitti in he article titled," Watercress May Cut Cancer Risk (2007)."

Furthermore, Greeks and Romans, watercress promoted strength and character. The Hippocrates served it to their patients to purify their blood. Study also show that watercress helps our eyes, bones and overall health.

Moreover, watercress contains Vitamin A, a nutrient that helps to regulate the immune system; Vitamin C, duo lutein & zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, Vitamin K, Maganese and Fiber. Watercress is sold all year round. In fact, watercress can be stored in a plastic bag for up to four days.

Watercress is great in soups, salads, stir fries and sandwiches. For more watercress recipes check out: So, be sure to add watercress to your grocery list!

By Shiketa Morgan
Natural Living 101

(2007)Web MD. Inc. Hitti, Miranda. Watercress may cut cancer risk:

(2009,Sept)Wikipedia, Inc.Watercress:

(2009,Oct). Huber, Lia. Power Foods: Watercress: Body + Soul Magazine, Pg 44.

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