Watercress is found alongside slow running water way and near springs, it has small round leaves with a peppery, pungent flavor. It has very low-calorie as only 11 calories per 100g raw leaves. Watercress has several uses, either to use it as a flavoring herb or as a medicinal herb. Day by day, many healthy benefits of watercress are discovered such as its important role in heart health, vision and cancer protection. Plus, watercress juice which can be added to other vegetable drinks to give them the healthy benefits and flavor as well as watercress soup.
Several studies have shown that watercress has an important role in preventing heart attacks and reducing the development of coronary artery disease, it is also a rich source for vitamins such as Vitamin A,Vitamin-K, B Carotene and minerals like potassium, calcium magnesium,phosphorus and manganese. Potassium is very useful for controlling blood pressure and heart rate, calcium is required for teeth, bone minerals and regulation of heart and muscle activity.
In addition to watercress’ properties of preventing heart attacks, it also could reduce the incidence of vision robber, cataracts and most of common causes of adult blindness. Watercress also can reduce the risk of cancer diseases, because it contains glucosinolates, phytochemicals which could counter head, breast, lung, colorectal, neck and prostate cancers. It also has a great impact on freshness of the skin and make it look youthful.
Enjoy eating watercress; first, rinse it in cold water and dry on a salad spinner or a paper towel then store it in a closed container in the fridge, You can add watercress to sandwiches, soup, salad, garnish or any other recipe to provide yourself with more healthy benefits.