Boost Immune System with Watercress
Watercress - Nasturtium Officinale
Used part: Bark
Watercress is a plant used as food by many people around the world. This is the oldest vegetable that is known to be consumed by humans, and it has been known for its use as food since human existence. The popular herb is native to Europe and grows along streams of water. Its flavor remembers in a mild way the flavor of the pepper and, besides its use as food, can still be used for medicinal purposes.
Rich in vitamin C, watercress can provide 72% of the required amount of this vitamin with only 100g. From this, the watercress eliminates free radicals preventing cancer and premature aging of the skin. It is also effective in strengthening immunity, as well as preventing anemia and keeping bones and skin healthy. The food is also rich in vitamin K and A, fighting Alzheimer's disease and strengthening bones, skin, eyes, hair and nails. With antioxidant action, the plant is associated with the reduction of cancer risks, proven in several studies. Because it has vitamin C, watercress can still be used in the treatment of scurvy and cataract.
It can be used in the prevention of colds and flu, fighting candidiasis and other bacteria that can occur in the colon and intestines, treats bronchitis, cough, improves digestion, prevents osteoporosis, improves acne fighting skin and combats eczema and scabies. Its consumption is aid in diets for those who want to lose weight, besides being low in calories, the food is rich in potassium and in nutrients that make it an excellent complement. With just 18 calories per serving, it can help quench hunger to lessen the urge to eat.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- It contributes to the good functioning of the liver
- Prevents memory problems
- Helps increase immunity by strengthening defense systems and, consequently, protects the body from infections caused by viruses and bacteria. Therefore, this food is recommended to fight colds and flu
- It favors the digestion process
- It brings health benefits to the eye system
- Due to its decongestant, fluidizing and expectorant properties, the watercress is great for treating problems in the airways, eliminating mucus and improving breathing
- The B vitamins present in the watercress are responsible for good mood, healthy growth and concentration
- The watercress also contains a good amount of vitamin B6, a nutrient that acts on neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, responsible for the sense of well-being
Watercress can be consumed as a salad or cooked to take advantage of its benefits and properties. However, there is tea that can be used for anti-inflammatory purposes in the fight against colds, cough, bronchitis and catarrh in the chest.
To prepare, use ½ cup of tea leaves and stalks, 1 tablespoon of honey and 100 ml of water. In a container, bring the water to the fire and when it reaches boiling turn off. Add the leaves and stalks and cover and let it rest until it cools. Coe and then add the honey to sweeten it and mix well. Consume 4 tablespoons of this tea 3 times a day.
Watercress can cause miscarriage, irritation of the stomach and urinary tract. Food is contraindicated for consumption in any form for pregnant women in early pregnancy.