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Cancer Fighter

Learn about the current research focusing on the extensive amount of nutrients in watercress that make it a vegetable that can prevent the development of cancer cells and what makes this salad green stand far above other super foods.

A growing body of evidence increasingly suggests that watercress, in many ways, stands far above other superfoods due to its qualities that can help prevent the spread of cancer cells.

Cruciferous vegetables, specifically watercress, are known as cancer-fighting vegetables due to their high levels of phytochemicals known as isothiocyanates. Though this family of vegetables can help stop the spread of cancer cells, studies have shown that watercress specifically is associated with a reduced risked of several cancers. For example, in a University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute study, watercress appeared to stop human prostate cancer cells from growing in mice.

Its frequent consumption is also associated with a reduction in DNA cell damage and an increase in antioxidant activity in the body, both of which help fight cancer. That being said, watercress is the superhero of salad greens and should be incorporated into daily diets. For ideas on how to eat more of this cancer-fighting vegetable, head here.


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