Watercress, a member of the brassica family (like cabbage), has been valued for its nutritional benefits for centuries.
This green, leafy vegetable is rich in nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
Watercress can help lower blood pressure and has been shown to have a protective affect against certain cancers. It is also high in carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that can help maintain vision and cardiovascular health.
In terms of liver support, watercress should be considered a key superfood as it can amplify the effects of the detoxification enzymes.
Raw watercress is very peppery, so ease yourself in gently if you are adding it to a green smoothie. It makes a delicious soup when blended with softened onions, a little sweet potato and vegetable stock.
You can eat it in a salad with avocado, segments of blood orange or pink grapefruit with black olives and a light dressing of olive oil. Or try this recipe for Salmon and Watercress.