Watercress has been said to have more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, and more iron than spinach. Known for its peppery crunch, watercress has most recently come under the spotlight for its ability to help protect against cancer. Eating a packet of raw watercress daily increased the ability of cells to resist DNA damage caused by free radicals, which protects against cancer, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The veg also has high sources of vitamin A, beta-carotene, B vitamins, and vitamin E. Plus, a 4oz bunch packs a day’s worth of potassium. It also serves as a natural diuretic and helps cleanse enzymes in the liver, which may enhance athletic performance. “When our bodies become more cleansed of toxins all the systems of the body function more optimally. More oxygen can circulate to the muscles. We will reduce and keep fat off,” clinical nutritionist Kimberly Snyder says.
When buying a bunch, be sure to choose a batch that’s tender and bright green. When home, store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to four days. Not sure how to integrate watercress into your meal plan?Back to top