Super-food Sunday: Watercress

Unbeknown to many, watercress has amazing nutritional value and contains over 15 different vitamins!

The presence of the compound PEITC can ward off the growth of cancer cells and possibly even fight existing cancer cells, research shows. 

It’s also great for the blood, bones and also for the immune system! Watercress contains more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and four times more beta-carotene and vitamin A than apples, tomatoes, and broccoli, as well as the same amount of vitamin C as oranges.

Futhermore, watercress is a great source of:

  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Vitamin B6

It also contains the caroetenoids zeaxanthin and lutein, which help to lessen the risk of contracting eye disease. 


The delicate leaves are slightly peppery and the tender stalks have a nice crispness that makes watercress ideal in green salads and egg sandwiches. 

It is best enjoyed raw whilst all the nutrients are trapped inside, but should you wish to cook it, here is a delicious recipe for Watercress Soup

5 thoughts on “Super-food Sunday: Watercress

  1. Ginny says:

    Never would have known! I was JUST staring at some fresh watercress in the produce section the other day, and was thinking to myself “What could I do with that?” I will have to pick some up next time and add them to my salads! Thanks for posting!

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