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Five Reasons To Add Watercress To Your Salad

Hippocrates - who once said "let food be thy medicine" - was known to feed watercress to his patients. With more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals, it is no surprise that the ancient Greeks ensured their soldiers enjoyed watercress before battle. If you compare watercress to other foods by weight, it contains more vitamin C than citrus, more iron than spinach, and more calcium than milk.

Five more reasons to eat watercress

1. Watercress is high in antioxidants: Daily environmental stressors wreak havoc on our cells by causing damage at the most fundamental levels. Watercress helps to prevent this kind of damage to the DNA through its antioxidant protection.

2. Watercress may help prevent cancer: Watercress contains a compound called phenethyl isothiocyanate, which studies have shown could be a powerful preventative agent against esophageal and lung cancers.

3. Watercress help prevents anemia: Not only is watercress high in iron, it also teams with vitamin C, which is necessary for the absorption of iron. Without adequate levels of vitamin C, it is possible to become anemic due to lack of iron absorption, even if you have sufficient iron intake.

4. Watercress supports healthy bones: Watercress contains vitamin K, which is a fundamental component to a healthy development of the bone matrix. Building healthy bones prevents the onset of osteoporosis later in life.

5. Watercress can help relieve sunburns: Watercress contains lutein, which has the ability to block the inflammation of the skin that happens after you experience a sunburn. It's also a guard against the harmful effects the sun has on your skin cells.


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