The watercress has been named the healthiest vegetable in the world. All this is due to a study carried out by scientists from the US government agency Centers for Disease Control.
Why is Watercress so healthy?
The key to selecting plants for the study was a list of 17 nutrients approved by the WHO as being fundamental and having the greatest impact on the prevention of heart disease and hypertension.
What is on this list? Proteins, folic acid, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin and vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K, as well as the elements zinc, potassium, calcium and iron. Plants that qualified for the study were ranked according to the density of the above nutrients on a scale from 1 to 100. The density of nutrients determined the beneficial power of a given plant.
The density of nutrients in the watercress
The watercress was at the very top of the plants tested with a nutrient density of 100, making it the biggest sensation and phenomenon among all those interested in healthy eating. Unfortunately, it has one disadvantage – it is hard to find it in shops, at fairs and vegetable markets.
Most people give it up forever without suspecting that growing it in their own home or garden is incredibly simple. Meanwhile, let us take a closer look at the watercress, which, in addition to the highest density of the most desirable nutrients, has other health properties.
Health benefits of watercress
- fights viruses and infections
- prevents depression and improves well-being
- purifies the blood from toxins
- reduces wrinkles and prevents further
- stimulates digestion and peristaltic movements of the intestines
- prevents heart disease and supports its functioning
- improves skin condition
Watercress for the skin
Wrinkle reduction is not just a promise here, as with facial creams. After 8 weeks of one study, the skin of women who ate watercress every day became smoother, tighter and more supple and existing wrinkles were reduced by 40%.