You may not be as familiar with it as you are with other so called super foods, but watercress definitely deserves the title of king of foods. This leafy green has more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk and three times as much Vitamin E as lettuce.To add to that, in
a recent study which ranked “powerhouse fruits and vegetables”, watercress came out on top. It managed to beat over 41 other fruits and vegetables to the top spot including popular super foods such as blueberry and kale.
So, what is it about this unsuspecting leafy vegetable that makes it so great from a nutritional point of view? Watercress offers a whole host of health benefits which makes it difficult for any other super foods to compete with it. For example, watercress improves digestive function as a result of its high content of vitamin C and fibre. Both of which stimulate salivary and gastric secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract. In addition, watercress is helpful in treating different types of anaemia due to its high content of iron. Iron is vital for the synthesis of haemoglobin and folic acid, which plays an important role in the maturation of red cells in the bone marrow.
To find out more about the many health benefits of watercress as well as learn how to incorporate it into your diet, check out our infographic below.
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