Friday, September 5, 2008

Watercress and Lung Cancer

Watercress? Yes indeed! Consuming a bowl daily of this fantastic relative of the mustard green family could lower your risk of lung cancer according to John La Puma, MD, author of ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine.

Research reveals that among smokers and nonsmokers, those who regularly consumed approximately a cereal-bowl's worth of fresh watercress daily for 8 weeks showed lower levels of DNA damage to white blood cells. Smokers experienced the most marked change. According to La Puma, the isothiocyanates in watercress have a powerful effect of supressing a potent cancer-causing agent found in tobacco. And like many greens, watercress has extremely high nutritional content. This fabulous plant is loaded with vitamins and necessary minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and lutein, as well as mustard oil.

Best sources for watercress? Try your local food growers and merchants in places such as the farmer's markets. Also look for watercress in health food stores.

Here is a great recipe for Watercress Salad. Here is another for Avocado and Watercress Salad. Enjoy!


John L said...

Thanks for the shout-out: what a terrific site, and terrific passion you have. Congratulations and keep up the great work.
n.b. most people don't know that watercress is really easy to grow yourself, and is a cruciferous vegetable, like cabbage, kale, cauliflower and more!

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