Watercress is a green leafy vegetable that is very rich in vitamins A, C, K and beta carotene and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, and potassium.
It contains high levels of iodine which is beneficial for both the thyroid and immune system. Watercress also has antibiotic properties similar to those in the onion family which also gives it a spicy flavor and kick.
Watercress has the ability to help in breaking up kidney or bladder stones and is one of the best foods for purifying the blood and aiding in removing mucus from the body. It is especially good for helping to prevent osteoporosis, anemia, cardiovascular diseases, muscular and skeletal problems, eye degeneration, and memory issues.
Watercress contains a special compound called Gluconasturtiin which is believed to help prevent colon, breast, and prostate cancers. It is excellent freshly juiced with celery, cucumber, and apple and is also delicious in salads, soups, or stews, and can be steamed like spinach.
Watercress can also be made into an herbal tea by pouring boiling water over a handful of greens and allowing to steep covered for 15 – 20 minutes.
Fresh watercress can also be crushed and applied to the skin to help relieve eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin irritations and infections. Watercress is typically found in most supermarkets and health food stores near the lettuce area of the produce section.