(Nasturtium officinale) is a rich source of Vitamin C

Watercress is used as a general tonic, and its bitter taste is thought to stimulate the appetite and improve digestion. It is a hardy perennial found near springs and other running water.

Its list of uses is long and varied. Watercress is most commonly used to alleviate nervous conditions, constipation, and liver disorders. Watercress is known as a remedy for cough and bronchitis. It contains a remarkable substance called rhein, and rhein appears to inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria in the intestines. It is believed that rhein is also effective against Candida albicans, fever and inflammation, and pain. Candida is a yeast infection that is alarmingly common in those who have taken antibiotics. Click here to read about Candida.

Watercress is also used as an antioxidant, a blood purifier, for bone and joint problems, for breathing problems, for cellular regeneration, for cleansing, for gingivitis, for vascular deficiencies, and for colds and congestion. It is also used for detoxification programs. It is now well recognized for helping to prevent lung cancer in smokers as it reduces the level of toxic compounds in their bodies.

Watercress is rich in Vitamins A and C. It also includes the minerals sulphur, iodine, calcium, and manganese. Watercress is an ingredient in eight herb essiac.

The only side effects are, in rare cases, gastrointestinal discomfort.

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