Watercress, an aquatic plant with bright green leaves and a spicy taste. It has been known for its many health benefits for centuries.
This cruciferous vegetable not only tastes good, but also contains essential nutrients and medicinal compounds that improve overall well-being.
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According to the Tua Saúde web portal, watercress, whose scientific name ‘Nasturtium officinalis’Has a slightly spicy taste and It can be consumed in a variety of dishes such as salads, soups, omelettes, and stews. In addition, watercress can be used as a tea or syrup for medicinal purposes.
On the other hand, this plant is considered a good source of essential vitamins and minerals for optimal body functioning. It contains high levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and antioxidants.
Plus, it’s high in dietary fiber, making it an ally that can help keep your digestive system healthy.
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Watercress: the benefits of this plant
The Saber Vivir web portal points out that due to the abundance of nutrients, cress provides many benefits which can help eye health, immune system, cell and tissue health, cardiovascular health, skin health, muscle and nerve health.
Thus, we will introduce some of its benefits below.
1. Strengthens the immune system: The vitamin C present in watercress is a powerful antioxidant that can help boost the immune system and protect the body from disease and infection.
2. Improves Eye Health: Watercress contains vitamin A and antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which are good for eye health. These nutrients may help prevent age-related eye conditions such as macular degeneration.
3. Promotes Bone Health: Thanks to its vitamin K, calcium, and magnesium content, watercress can help maintain strong and healthy bones, as well as prevent diseases such as osteoporosis.
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4. Anti-cancer properties: Like other cruciferous vegetables, watercress contains phytochemicals that have anti-cancer properties. These compounds may help prevent the development of certain types of cancer.
5. Helps detoxify: Watercress is known for its ability to stimulate liver detoxification and promote the elimination of toxins from the body.
6. Skin Benefit: The antioxidants present in watercress can help maintain healthy, glowing skin by fighting the damaging effects of free radicals and premature aging.
Incorporating watercress into your daily diet is easy and versatile. It can be added to salads, green smoothies, sandwiches, or even used in soups and stews to take advantage of its nutritional benefits.
It is important to note that, as with any food, it is recommended to consume watercress in sufficient quantity and as part of a balanced diet.
Except, care must be taken if you suffer from any specific medical condition that may be affected by the consumption of this vegetable.
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