Watercress is One of the Unsung Super Foods
Watercress is a worth adding to your salads, sandwiches, soups, juices and/or smoothies. It is so great for our health as you will see below. And speaking of healthy greens, if you are not getting 4-6 servings of green and colorful veggies EACH day, then start supplementing with a high-quality green powder that will provide several of those servings a day. For you doTERRA peeps, consider Terragreens.
But back to watercress. It:
- has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure. In a watercress study, participants lowered their diastolic blood pressure by an average of 3.7 mm Hg in just three days. Rats who ate watercress had lower blood pressure levels than the rats using medication to treat high blood pressure.
- is also rich in a specific glucosinolate known as gluconasturtiin, which converts to PEITC in the human body. In fact, it contains more PEITC than any other cruciferous veggie. This is significant for fighting cancer. A 2015 study found PEITC has the ability to stop new blood vessels from forming to feed tumors, so tumors can’t access blood supply and multiply.
- also helps manage diabetes. Studies show regularly eating watercress may help manage diabetes and prediabetes. In a 2015 study, researchers compared two treatments — daily watercress extract and insulin — to compare how each worked to manage blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetic rats. The findings revealed watercress extracts (200 mg/kg), or roughly 20 mg/kg in humans due to metabolic factors, has hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects.
- is high in lutein, which is an antioxidant that is good for the eyes. Lutein along with zeaxanthin helps filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helps protect and maintain healthy cells in the eyes. Of the 600 carotenoids found in nature, only these two are deposited in high quantities in the retina (macula) of the eye, according to the American Optometric Association. The human body does not naturally make the lutein and zeaxanthin it needs, which is why eating watercress and other foods rich in these carotenoids is important. One cup of raw watercress contains 1961 mcg of lutein and zeaxanthin
- supports the body by helping detoxify the liver
- is also excellent for low thyroid.
- it’s excellent for the immune system