Here's a surprise...even though it may appear to be a shy little green plant, watercress is grouped in the cruciferous vegetable family (like cabbage and broccoli). It packs the power of Glucosinolates, compounds that cause the release of watercress’ primary anticancer compound, phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC). PEITC has been found to protect against cancers of the esophagus, stomach, and colon, as well as lung cancer. It has also been found to exhibit great toxicity against cancer cells from leukemia, colon, and prostate cancer.
"Molecular oncologist Professor Graham Packham and colleagues at Britain’s University of Southampton studied a small group of breast cancer survivors, who underwent a period of fasting before eating 80g of watercress and then providing a series of blood samples over the next 24 hours. Results showed that ingestion of watercress led to a rapid rise in plasma levels of ... (PEITC)." Read full article here.
And you thought it was just a pretty garnish! Add generously to your salads, sandwiches and sauces!
~ Greenly yours! ♥