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Watercress: The leafy green that fights breast cancer

A daily dose of watercress may be just as effective in beating breast cancer as traditional breast cancer drug treatments, according to new research. Here’s more on watercress and some delicious vegan watercress recipes to put on your everyday vegan din

A daily dose of watercress may be just as effective in beating breast cancer as traditional breast cancer drug treatments, according to new research in The British Journal of Nutrition. If you haven’t tried watercress, it’s time you pick up a leafy bunch of this cancer-fighting food. Here’s more on watercress and some delicious vegan watercress recipes to put on your everyday vegan dinner menu.
A daily dose of watercress may be just as effective in beating breast cancer as traditional breast cancer drug treatments, according to new research in The British Journal of Nutrition. If you haven’t tried watercress, it’s time you pick up a leafy bunch of this cancer-fighting food. Here’s more on watercress and some delicious vegan watercress recipes to put on your everyday vegan dinner menu.

Watercress for breast health

The often overlooked leafy green watercress isn’t just a superfood packed with vitamins and minerals, it is a powerful veg that has been shown to beat breast cancer. A recent study demonstrates that a 3-ounce portion of watercress is as therapeutic as tamoxifen and herceptin, drugs commonly used in treating breast cancer. Further, researcher suggests that regular consumption of watercress has the potential decrease the risk of cancer in general.

Anti-aging expert Dr. Nicholas Perricone extols watercress

Dr. Nicholas Perricone, the celebrated anti-aging specialist, elaborates on the anti-cancer role of watercress in his newest book, Forever Young.  According to Dr. Perricone, watercress has the ability to turn off HIF1, a signal sent out by cells calling for blood supply. When HIF1 becomes incorrectly regulated, otherwise harmless precancerous clusters of cells have the opportunity to grow to form invasive tumors.  The anti-aging expert adds, “Scientists have been looking for anti-angiogenesis agents for years because if we can turn off the blood supply, we can kill the cancer.  And it looks like watercress can do that.”

Tune in: Dr. Perricone will be on the Dr.Oz Show on Tuesday February 8, 2011, dishing more information on the powers of watercress.

Watercress are loaded with potent antioxidants

Another study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in February of 2007 showed that, in addition to reducing DNA damage, a daily dose of watercress increased the ability of cells to further resist DNA damage that may be caused by free radicals.  In the study, 60 men and women, half of whom were smokers, consumed their usual diet plus 85 grams of raw watercress daily for eight weeks. Blood samples were analyzed for plasma antioxidant status and DNA damage in lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell. Watercress consumption significantly reduced lymphocyte DNA damage.

Watercress is an ancient medicinal food

Romans, Greeks and Persians  have known for centuries that watercress is a nutritionally-dense natural medicine. The leafy green has long been prescribed for migraines, anemia, eczema, kidney and liver disorders, and tuberculosis.  Watercress is an even better source of vitamins C, B1, B6, K, and E, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and potassium than apples, broccoli, and tomatoes. 

Cancer-fighting watercress recipes for the vegan diet:
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