WATERCRESS - THE FORGOTTEN SUPERFOOD
Posted on 08 June 2017
TOP MARKS AS A SUPERFOOD
Watercress Gets Top Marks as a Superfood - AND is absolutely brimming with nutrients and phytochemicals.
Watercress gets top marks on both Nutrient density lists, being the only vegetable on the CDC’s list to get a full 100 points, while also appearing at the very top of the ANDI, being only one of four items to score a full 1000
1) more calcium than a glass of milk
2) more vitamin C than you’ll find in an orange, and
3) more iron than spinach.
Watercress is considered a superior organic source of vitamins A, B1, B6, C, of beta-carotene, magnesium, lutein and zeaxanthin. Especially of note, watercress is one of the only vegetables that contain high quantities of vitamin K. Just one cup of these greens will give you more than the minimum daily recommended amount of vitamin K.
In fact, watercress contains more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals and all the powerhouse benefits of Cruciferous veggies.
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that your body requires for tissue repair (including brain repair), making collagen (important for the skin, tendons, cartilage, etc.), as well as both maintaining and repairing bones and teeth. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, deficiencies in vitamin C are associated with a number health ailments, including “high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, stroke, some cancers, and atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in blood vessels that can lead to heart attack and stroke.
Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin that is excreted through urine. This means your body does not store it, and you need a regular supply.
Watercress is high in bioavailable vitamin C, ensuring you get slightly under 50% of the recommended daily amount in just two cups of the superfood.
GO ON GRAB A HANDFUL TODAY!!