Watercress is considered to be one of the healthiest vegetables on the world. This vegetable contains high amounts of iron and vitamin C. Fact is that watercress provides more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than lemons and oranges. You did not know this, right?
Despite the fact that it provides many essential nutrients to our body, this vegetable is not enough used. It originates from Eurasia region but nowadays it can be found in many different countries of the world.
This super food must be included in your diet as it is highly beneficial for your overall health.Below are listed most important benefits that this vegetable has to offer:
- fights oxidative stress in the body;
- provides powerful antioxidant effects;
- cleanses the blood;
- regenerates cells in the body;
- promotes healthy appetite;
- and eliminates toxins from the body.
It is recommended from many nutritionists this vegetable to be consumed in the form of fresh juice, but never undiluted. You have to be precautious as this vegetable is very strong. Drinking pure watercress juice can lead to an inflammatory process in your throat and stomach, which is why watercress juice should always be diluted with water in a ratio of 1:5 (watercress juice and water, respectively). We also have to insinuate that this juice is not recommended for everyday use. You should drink it every other day.
This juice has proven to be great in healing many skin diseases with great results.Apply the juice on your skin and treat many skin issues, such as skin blemishes and aging spots, hair loss, etc. All you need to do is to rub the juice on the affected area or make a watercress compress. A compress of crushed watercress leaves is has been very beneficial for reducing the appearance of sun spots.
A number of studies that were performed on lab animals have found that watercress extract injected in the body inhibits cancer development and metastasizing. Other studies have discovered that watercress can reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and prevent the development of breast cancer.
Watercress is also strongly recommended to heavy smokers owing to its ability to neutralize the negative effects of smoking.
Prepare a watercress compress by following below instructions:
Start by slicing the watercress leaves nicely. Further, clean the affected area thoroughly before applying the compress. You can use rubbing alcohol for this purpose. Apply the chopped leaves then cover with clean gauze and secure with a bandage. Leave the compress on from a couple of hours or even longer. Wash your skin with cold water after removing the compress. You can treat different skin issues with this watercress compress.
Prepare watercress salad as instructed below:
Wash the leaves thoroughly. Put the leaves into a bowl and sprinkle them with some salt and vinegar. Leave them for an hour. Add some chopped garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper. Let the salad sit for 3 hours before you eat it. This salad is the perfect addition to any type of meal.