The peppery taste of watercress is due to the compound phenethyl isothiocyanate, which blocks the action of a protein that helps cancerous tumors grow. Scientists also found that watercress turns off signals sent out by cancer cells for more oxygen and blood, and increases the ability of healthy cells to resist free radical damage (which is also thought to be a precursor to cancer). Although the headlines are appealing, the studies involved used very small samples and are not conclusive. More research into watercress needs to be done to validate these claims. However, watercress is considered a super food, as it contains many nutrients and soluble fiber. For example:B vitamins and glucosinolates, which support liver function and thus our ability to detoxify the body. A sluggish liver can lead to many health problems including fatigue, poor digestion, mood swings and poor memory. A relatively high quantity of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps maintain the health of membranes i.e. our skin and internal membranes such as our intestines. A good source of specific phytonutrients, including lutein, which can maintain eye health, as well as antioxidants which can help protect cells from free radical attack and consequent DNA damage, which can influence the aging process and contribute to the development of cancer. Zinc and vitamin C, both of which help maintain overall health as well as support the immune system. Vitamin K. This has been in the news lately, with researchers discovering a barrage of health benefits such as preventing osteoporosis and heart attacks as well as the previously known benefit of blood clotting. However, be aware that the version of vitamin K from watercress only supports blood clotting, although in the body it can be converted to the bone density and cardiac protecting version. As vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, consuming your watercress with a little fat such as olive oil will help absorption in the body.One caution with watercress is that it is naturally high in iodine. Given that salt is fortified with iodine here in Costa Rica, anyone with hyperthyroidism should take care with watercress consumption. It can also interact with some common drugs such as blood thinners and antibiotics. Talk to your doctor or nutritionist if you are concerned that your meds could be causing such problems.We can thus conclude that although it is not certain that watercress can prevent cancer, it should be beneficial to your health when included as part of your daily or even weekly diet. Try it in wraps, sandwiches, salads, pesto, as a soup or simply as a generous garnish. Julie Godfrey Julie Godfrey BSc (Hons) is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and full member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT). See www.foreverhealthyco.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.News source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1315257/Watercress–garnish-fights-breast-cancer.html Facebook Comments Based on results by researchers at Southampton University in England, scientists believe that a daily portion of watercress may help combat breast cancer. This is not a recent revelation, as five years ago Irish scientists found that a daily intake of watercress reduced DNA damage to blood cells. DNA damage is considered a cancer trigger. No related posts.
TEMPE, Ariz. — Like the offense as a whole, Larry Fitzgerald appeared more comfortable as the 2013 season progressed.It was a bit of a bounce-back season for the Pro Bowler, whose 82 receptions were the most he’d had since 2010 and his 10 touchdowns his highest total since 2009. About to enter his 11th NFL season, all with the Cardinals, the 30-year-old admits he’s more comfortable now than he was a year ago when he was being asked to learn new positions and a different offense by a first-year coaching staff. 0 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “It’s light years ahead, so much more comfortable,” he said after an OTA Tuesday. “With the play calling and what my assignments are. And not only what my assignments are, but what conceptually what everybody’s doing and what everybody has and hots and sights and stuff like that.“It’s night and day.”It’s the difference between year one and year two in a new system, and it was apparent as last season went on that Fitzgerald, who caught 46 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns over the final eight games, six of which were Arizona victories.That success has translated into momentum that has carried over to this offseason.“We watched the tape from last year at this time, there’s a stark contrast, so it’s great to see guys flying around knowing exactly what they need to do,” he said.So perhaps it should not come as a surprise that there is no shortage of confidence at this point, which is a time of year where some players, especially veterans, may find it tough to stay completely motivated.That’s not the case in Arizona, Fitzgerald said, noting that everyone in the locker room believes in each other and has no complaints about what they’re being asked to do, even if it means working out in the desert sun, which nobody else in the NFL has to deal with. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “There’s nobody holding their head down, everybody is eager to be out here getting better.” – / 22