Watercress the SuperFood that Loves You Back!♥
Healing Benefits of Watercress
I LOVE WATERCRESS! I started eating this mineral-rich green leafy veggie in the 90s in New York City and have been hooked ever since. Why? It’s extremely bitter, a bit difficult to get used to the tart flavor, but it’s extremely healthy and something about watercress lets you know it’s working for your wellness! Watercress is a green that loves you back!
Watercress is a cruciferous, aquatic plant found near watery springs and streams that has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant since the age of antiquity. It was noted since the age of Hippocrates for successfully healing sick patients. If you are looking for a high Vitamin K source, watercress is the answer with a whooping 85.0 mg in 1cup (INRtracker) and great for brain, blood clotting and bone health. Looking for a high Vitamin C superfood, watercress is high in phytonutrients including antioxidants, and immune boosting protection up to 48% of Vitamin C daily allowance (2 cups of raw watercress). How about Vitamin A? Watercress gives 44% of the daily recommended allowance.
Watercress contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than bananas (Horticulture Week). Watercress is a powerful antioxidant, nutritive to add to salads, greens and juices. Watercress can be eaten raw and steamed in many varied recipes as sides, main dishes and added to wraps and sandwiches.
Excellent Blood cleansing Phytonutrient Nutrient Rich Superfood
An excellent free radical DNA blood cell cleanser and builder. Watercress is low in calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. It’s a great source of Protein, Iron, Copper, Folate, Panthothenic acid, Vitamins A, C, D, K, E, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Maganese, Selenium and Potassium. Watercress is an excellent source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Watercress increases Lutein and Betacarotene.
What’s Watercress Good For?
- Clear Glowing Skin
- Strengthen Eyesight Health (cataract development)
- Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Health
- Reduces Risk of Cancer
- Fights Inflammation
- Increases Energy
- Cleans Blood and Repairs Oxidative Red Blood Cell Damage
- Helps Reduce Belly Fat and Weight Loss
- Decreases Risks of Diabetes
- Bitter Bite equals Cancer Fighting Nutrients
- Fights Flus and Common Cold Symptoms
- Preventative Nutrient against Asthma and Respiratory Infection
- Great for Strong Thyroid Health
Watercress can be added to almost ANY food or recipe. Add to your favorite salad, throw sprigs into your smoothie or juicer and add fruit, add to your sandwich or wrap, place into pasta or omelet, add into a raw or cooked soup, or saute watercress as a favorite side dish to your meal.
Watercress Apple Juice: Water or Coco Water, Watercress, Spinach, Apples!
Watercress Juice for Iodine, Detoxing the Liver and Inflammation
1 bunch of Watercress
2 green or red organic Apples
Directions: Wash produce. Soak Watercress 1-2 hours in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to properly cleanse any parasites, or impurities. Rinse a few times. Peel lime. Juice and InJoy!
Vegan Friendly Recipes
Watercress + Avocado Simple-Salad Recipe
3-6 cups of fresh raw Watercress
1 ripe Avocado
1 tablespoon thinly sliced Red Onion
3 tablespoons Cold Pressed Olive Oil
4 teaspoons of Braggs Amino Acid
1/4 cup of sliced Organic Red Apple
Directions: Place ingredients in bowl add olive oil and Braggs, stir and serve.
2-3 bunches fresh Watercress
3-4 cloves Garlic
1/4 cup of Vegetable Broth
Salt or Braggs Amino Acid
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Directions: Wash thoroughly. Steam or place in iron skillet or wok on medium heat. Add oil, then garlic until warm and browned. Add watercress and Braggs or salt. Steam and cook until leaves and stems are tender. Serve and InJoy!