Watercress Boosts Your Cancer Protection
Copyright 2018, and all prior years, zoomhealth.net, all rights reserved.
Watercress --- A Superbooster for Cancer Protection

Related Links

Foods That Increase Breast Cancer Survival Rates

Why Don't You Know That Protein Accelerates Cancer Growth?

Cannabis Oil Stops the Proliferation of Aggressive Breast Cancer Tumors

Mache -New Super Greens for Your Health

Zucchini- Top 8 Health Benefits

Best Spices to Use with Fish

Flaxseeds -Top 8 Health Benefits

String Beans -Top 7 Health Benefits

7 Easy Tricks to Make Diet Habits Stick

Broccoli Sprouts Fight Autism
Diabetes and High Blood Pressure -What Should You Eat?

21 Healthy Meals for Diabetics with High Blood Pressure

Foods That Raise Cholesterol
What It Means When Your Heart Skips a Beat
Aneurysm-Ideal Prevention Diet
Vitamin K's Unusual Health Benefits
What Your Handwriting Says About Your Health
Why Are My Hands Tingling-Causes and Top 10 Natural Remedies
What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome-Top 10 Remedies
Restless Legs Syndrome-Causes and Remedies
What Your Hair Says About Your Health
Normal Waist Size
March 5, 2015
By OLIVIA AMTER, Contributing Columnist

Watercress anyone? The common watercress, whose technical name is "nasturtium officinalis, is something of a superfood among leafy vegetables. A single cup, 34 grams, provides about 24% of the Vitamin C and 21% of the Vitamin A you need daily. Ounce for ounce, watercress has more iron than spinach.

Although statistics are hard to come by, the United Kingdom is believed to consume more watercress than any other nation, about 100 tons of watercress per week. Watercress is also eaten as a regular part of the Chinese diet and in parts of the US such as Puerto Rico.

Watercress Reduces DNA Damage

A 2007 study from the Northern Ireland Centre for Food and Health examined how watercress affects DNA damage. At the cellular level, cancer is indicated by significant levels of defective or damaged DNA, so any chemical or food which reduces DNA damage will lower your risk for all forms of cancer.

In the study, 60 men and women were divided into two groups. The first groups included 30 smokers and 30 non-smokers.

Everyday for 8 weeks, the participants were fed 85 grams of raw watercress as a part of their normal diets.

The scientists were keen to measure the actual DNA damage in white blood cells known as Lymphocytes, the levels of detoxifying enzymes which of course would tend to lower cancer risk and the total levels of anti-oxidants (also cancer scavengers) such as beta-carotene, alpa-tocopherol, retinol, Vitamin C and lutein.

At the end of 8 weeks, the results were startling. Those who ate watercress saw a 17% reduction in DNA damage.

Watercress Boosts Beta-Carotene Levels in Your Blood


The results on levels of anti-oxidants circulating in the blood of participants was equally impressive.   The blood levels of beta-carotene increased significantly in all participants.

But the effects were more pronounced among smokers than non-smokers. Measuring the blood levels of beta-carotene, the researchers discovered that smokers saw their levels of beta-carotene increase by 100%.  This compared to an increase of 33% among non-smokers.

Related: Best Spices to Cook with Fish / High Blood Pressure and Diabetes -What Should You Eat? / 21 Healthy Meals for Diabetics with High Blood Pressure
7 Hidden Sources of Salt in Your Diet
/ What Your Hair Says About Your Health/ Aneurysm-Ideal Prevention Diet /Bronchitis --10 Natural Remedies / Bronchial Spasms -Causes and Cures /Why Are My Hands Tingling? -Causes and Remedies/ Tree Pollen Allergies -What to Do

Most Viewed:    21 Healthy Meals for Diabetics with High Blood Pressure

                                      Milk Prevents Type 2 Diabetes --New Study

                                      What It Means When Your Heart Skips a Beat
                                      Caveman Diet-Hoax or Healthy?

                                       What Your Handwriting Says About Your Health
                                      What Your Fingernails Say About Your Health
                                      The Caveman Diet-Hoax or Healthy?

                                      Restless Leg Syndrome-Causes and Cures

Increase your health IQ.
Subscribe in a reader

Subscribe to Zoomhealth -Today's Health News

Privacy Policy


About Us

Contact Us

Partner With Us


Home > Diets > > Here