Watercress – A True Superfood
Watercress, or Nasturtium officinale, has many disease-fighting and healing properties that makes this semi-aquatic perennial a true superfood. Hippocrates, a Greek physician who lived in the 4th century BC, who later became known as the father of modern medicine, referred to watercress as the ” cure of cures”.
Also known as the fifth bitter herb from the Last Supper, it has been used favourably against tuberculosis (TB) which has recently re-emerged in Western countries and against sexually transmitted diseases. The high sulphur content in this herbs help kill the virus that cause Chlamydia.
Mixing it with turnip or carrot juice makes it more pleasant to drink. Within seven weeks of drinking two cups a day of watercress, a cure is usually seen. Combine it with Kyolic garlic, also with a high sulphur content, and you give this infection a double-whammy. It has been documented to work in stubborn cases of drug-resistant TB.
The Chinese have known for years the many great healing properties of watercress for treating TB and gingivitis, an inflammatory condition of the gums.
Watercress also contains high amounts of the amino acid lysine and it is therefore used in the treatment of shingles ( Herpes Zooster), mouth sores (herpes simplex) or genital herpes (HSV 2).
The famous French herbalist Maurice Messegue`said that watercress has a purifying action. He recommends taking “a glass in the morning and the poison will vanish!” The little giant is effective at getting rid of intestinal parasites and is also recommended for chronic bronchitis, neuralgia, arthritis and diabetes. For skin complaints like acne and dermatitis it is excellent. It also relieves itching and eczema.
Among the many diseases the Jews were exposed to was veneral disease,-thought to be a major punishment from the worship of Baal, a widespread practice at the time of Moses involving extremely licentious rites. Of course the Jews knew nothing of bacteria and virus at the time, but by following the Mosaic laws, which required them to eat certain food rich in the amino acid lysine, which stops the growth and spread of the herpes virus in the cells of the body, a preventative cure was at hand. Lysine seems to wrap a protective coating around each cell, preventing the virus from getting in. Two foods high in lysine is raw milk and meat.
It is interesting to think that this often neglected plant was really the first fast food. It was free and therefore an important source of sustenance throughout Europe and the US in the 19th century. Given the nickname ” poor man`s bread” bunches were often rolled into a cone and eaten as an on-the-go breakfast sandwich-much less expensive than the real thing. With its tangy, peppery flavour it contains a plethora of vitamins and minerals, more than that of spinach, milk and oranges. Vitamins A, C and K in watercress strengthen bones, limit neuronal damage, fight infections, maintain healthy connective tissues and prevent iron deficiency. Studies have shown that the compound PEITC in watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development and prevent DNA damage in cells.
Single, blind, randomized, crossover trials involved 60 healthy men and women eating one and a half cups of fresh watercress daily for eight weeks. Positive results included a reduction in blood triglyceride levels by an average of 10%, and a significant (33%-100% increase in lutein and betacarotene content,) associated, with higher intake levels, in a lowered incidence of eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Modern science has identified more than 15 essential vitamins and minerals in this one herb, in addition to flavonoids and other phytonutrients. Vitamin K(http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/1216/vitamin-k2.aspx) is by far the most prominent nutrient in watercress, 312 % of the daily recommended value.Strengthens bone, connective tissues and protects the brain from free radical damage and Alzheimer.
Contrary to popular belief, watercress does not have to be grown in moving water. It can be grown in moist soil and in a bucket of water. If you use structured energy water from the E 2 water – generator the watercress foliage will be stronger and more abundant and will be of a much higher nutritional value and density, measured in Brix.
This little water giant of a herb really deserves new recognition and maybe a renaissance is in order!
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