Boosting Life Choices: Watercress

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Watercress 

How many people do you know have affected in some way by cancer? Or better yet, how many people do you know that haven’t? I’m sure the numbers are alarming. So, what if I told you there was something out there that has been used to help cancer patients, something that in combination with other nutrients can fight cancer? Would you try it? I can’t speak for the rest of you but I would!

Watercress has been used in treating the following ailments and many more:

  • Coughs
  • Head colds
  • Bronchial ailments
  •  Tuberculosis
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Indigestion
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • Cataracts
  • Edema
  • Night blindness
  • Leukemia
  • Alcohol detox
  • Cancer
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Heart conditions
  • Eczema
  • Bleeding gums
  • Weight loss
  • Spina bifida

Today I will touch on a few.  Cancer, cough & lung problems, and alcohol detox as every single one of these alone has been an issue in the lives of many.

Watercress & Cancer- Research at South Hampton University has shown that breast cancer survivors have had higher levels of the molecules to fight cancer in their blood after eating 3oz of watercress per day. It is know that tumors send out “signals” to the body asking for more blood and oxygen to help then grow. Research has shown that Watercress has phenethyl isothiocyanate which help “turn off these signals” in the body.

It is said that a combination of;  watercress, garlic, cruciferous vegetables, raw almond milk, raw celery juice, super foods like spirulina and chlorella, radish sprouts, supplements like zinc, selenium and reishi mushrooms, and rainforest herbs like cat’s claw, …and you have one of the most powerful anti-cancer treatment plans. This is not saying it’s a cure for cancer but it can aid in fighting cancer. Of course you should always consult with your doctor when thinking of trying any of these methods and alternative food combinations.

Watercress & Detox- Watercress is a great detox food. The leaves have many nutrients and B-Vitamins, potassium, zinc, vitamin E & C which and have several diuretic properties which help the body flush out the toxins. You can use watercress in juicing; add to salads, soups, or sandwiches.

Studies have shown that adding watercress to soups can help a cough. Watercress is very helpful in cleansing the lungs of its toxins. It is recommended for smokers, those that get second hand smoke and those living in polluted areas. Today I’m giving you 2 recipes because I feel this one is a great nutrient to help with lung problems. The soup really tastes great, mad it today and even my husband, who really doesn’t like to try new things, said it was pretty good. He’s a smoker and I felt he could use all the lung cleansing he needs!

watercress and crab salad

Watercress & Crab Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches watercress, trimmed and chopped
  • 6 ounces imitation crabmeat, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all in a large bowl, chill and serve.

Watercress Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg of watercress stems and leaves
  • 500 gm of pork ribs, or lean pork, or skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of dried honey dates , omit this if you can’t find this in your area (or you can use 1 1/2 cups dried red dates instead)
  • 4 litres of water
  • enough salt to taste

Directions:

Put all ingredients in a pot or slow cooker, bring to a boil. Remove any “scum” that is floating at the top, bring down the heat to low and simmer the soup for 4 hours (minimum). Season to taste.

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