0 Comments June 30, 2014Anti Cancer Foods

Another Superfood to Add to Your Daily Diet

Although broccoli sprouts contain the highest amounts of isothiocyanates, other cruciferous vegetables also contain this anti-cancer compound, including watercress. This often-overlooked, leafy green is a close cousin to mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula.

When phytochemicals like sulforaphane are excluded from the equation, watercress may actually be the most nutrient-dense vegetable out there—scoring higher on nutrient density scores than both broccoli and sunflower sprouts.

Based on 17 nutrients, including potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, zinc, and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and K, watercress scored a perfect 100 in a recent study titled, “Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach.”

Vitamins A, C, and K, and phytonutrients like isothiocyanates and gluconasturtiin in watercress strengthen your bone, limit neuronal damage, fight infection, help maintain healthy connective tissue, and prevent iron deficiency.

Previous studies have also found that a compound called phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) in watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development and prevent DNA damage in cells—just like broccoli sprouts.

One of the best culinary aspects of watercress is its versatility. It can be used as a salad green in salad or vegetable juice, or you can steam and eat it as a vegetable. You can also add it to soups or on top of sandwiches for a subtle, peppery flavor.

 

Snippet taken from full article on Mercola.com 




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