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Benefits of Watercress And Its Side Effects

Watercress is an aquatic plant, increasing consumption of which decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases. It leads to a healthier complexion, increases an individual's energy and also helps in reduction of weight. It helps to protect against cancer and also helps in lowering blood pressure.

Benefits of Watercress And Its Side Effects

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Watercress
Nutritional Value of Watercress
Health Benefits of Watercress
Anti-Carcinogeni
Improved functioning of Thyroid Gland
Lowering Blood Pressure
Maintains Healthy Bones
Acts as an Antidepressant
Helps in Pregnancy
Helps in treating Diabetes
Improves Eyesight
Improves Brain Health
Helps in Preventing Common Cold
Relieve from Pediatric Asthama
Uses of Watercress
Side-Effects & Allergies of Watercress
Cultivation of Watercress

Watercress

Watercress is a rapidly growing aquatic plant, said to be one of the oldest leaf vegetables known to man. It is a dark, leafy green vegetable which grows in spring water. It is a brassica family member along with kale, broccoli, arugula and brussel sprouts. It has a hollow stem which floats while the leafy structure has a feather-like arrangement where leaves arise from both sides of a common axis. It has a tangy, peppery flavour with crunchy stems.

Nutritional Value of Watercress

Watercress was known to be a staple diet of the ancient Roman soldiers. Watercress sandwiches was a staple of the working class in England. It contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than a banana. Watercress contains vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, calcium and phoshorous which are all required for a healthy body and mind.

Health Benefits of Watercress

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Watercress
Health Benefits of Watercress

Anti-Carcinogeni

It has effective cancer preventive phytonutrients that helps in preventing as well as stops the recurrence of lung, stomach as well as breast cancer. It has a high content of chlorophyll which helps in blocking the carcinogenic effects of foods which are grilled at very high temperatures as they contain heterocyclic amines.

Improved functioning of Thyroid Gland

Watercress is a member of the brassica family of cruciferous vegetable which has shown to have beneficial effects in thyroid health. Watercress like other brassicas work by reducing thyroid hormone production and are most effective when eaten raw. Watercress may also be lightly steamed so it doesn’t lose any of its nutritional value.

Lowering Blood Pressure

Watercress contains calcium, potassium and magnesium, all of which help to bring down blood pressure by releasing sodium and helping the arteries to dilate.

Maintains Healthy Bones

The inclusion of calcium rich foods such as watercress works in reducing risk of osteoporosis. Calcium works in repairing and building the bones by causing an increase in the production of osteoblasts, the cells responsible for this activity. This is essential for the aging population. Watercress is also a good source of folate which plays a direct role as an interactive nutrient in maintaining bone density. Post-menopausal women may also benefit from folate in their diet as a preventive against osteoporosis. Adequate vitamin K consumption improves bone health. Eating just one cup of watercress helps to meet the daily need for vitamin K.

Acts as an Antidepressant

Low folate levels increase the risk of depression thus watercress is an important dietary supplement which helps to prevent this chronic disease.

Helps in Pregnancy

Folate is important in the development of a healthy embryo. The consumption of 400mcg of folate has shown to reduce embryo related ailments in pregnant women.

Helps in treating Diabetes

Watercress contains the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid, which has been shown to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity, and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.

Improves Eyesight

Watercress contains vitamin C which helps in reducing the risk of cataract development.

Improves Brain Health

Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C may be beneficial in preventing cognitive changes as related to Alzheimer’s and aging and protecting and repairing brain tissues. It also works to reduce bleeding when stroke has occurred. Daily intake of watercress may benefit in preventing damage and improving the outcomes of brain injury.

Helps in Preventing Common Cold

Watercress contains vitamin C which helps to build immunity and reduces the risk of catching a cold by 66%.

Relieve from Pediatric Asthama

Children who suffer from asthama need to include foods rich in vitamin C in their daily diet. Watercress may help such children to provide relief from asthama.

Uses of Watercress

Watercress is mostly used fresh in salads and may also be incorporated in pastas, casseroles and various sauces. It may also be used in soups for a subtle peppery flavour. It is also a standard ingredient for sandwiches in Britain during high tea. Watercress contains a very high level of dietary nitrate. High intakes of dietary nitrate have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the amount of oxygen needed during exercise, and enhance athletic performance. Two cups of fresh watercress (about 68 grams) contains only 7 calories.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Watercress

For individuals taking blood-thinners it is important to not suddenly begin eating more or fewer foods containing vitamin K, which plays an important role in blood clotting. If improperly stored, nitrate-containing vegetable juice may accumulate bacteria that convert nitrate to nitrite and contaminate the juice. High levels of nitrite can be potentially harmful if consumed. Very high intake of cruciferous vegetables have been found to cause a decrease in thyroid hormone function in animals. It is better to eat a diet rich in variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.

Cultivation of Watercress

In the United Kingdom, watercress was first commercially cultivated in 1808 by the horticulturist William Bradbery, along the River Ebbsfleet in Kent. Watercress is now grown in Hertfordshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Dorset. The town of Alresford, near Winchester, holds a Watercress Festival. In recent years, watercress has become more widely available in the UK, at least in the southeast; it is stocked pre-packed in some supermarkets, as well as fresh by the bunch at farmers' markets and greengrocers. In the United States in the 1940s, Huntsville, Alabama, was locally known as the 'watercress capital of the world'.

Popular Questions & Answers

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Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Men are advised to follow a sexual exhaustion diet along with homoepathic treatment to increase their stamina on a regular basis, which includes - Foods like fresh fruits, especially strawberries, quince, plums, peaches, mangoes, figs, coconuts, bananas, apples, raspberries, pomegranates, pears, papayas, grapes, dates, cherries and apricots. Vegetables that have an aphrodisiac effect on the body, some of which can include eggplant, cucumbers, celery asparagus, carrots and corn. Other vegetables that are also highly recommended in a diet for sexual erectile dysfunction include garlic, avocadoes, tomato, beans, garlic, onions, parsley, spinach, turnips, soybeans, watercress, peppers and leeks. Nut and seeds, being good sources of protein, help boost sex drive and therefore, pine seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts are all good for sexual health. Apart from following a healthy diet, it is important for people to make certain lifestyle changes too, which can help improve their sexual health. Stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and yoga as also massage therapy are all great for increasing sexual drive and performance. People should make it a point to get an adequate amount of rest, sleep and relaxation, to decrease sexual problems. Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the major contributors to sexual problems, in men and women. Hence, getting an adequate amount of exercise each day can be very useful in improving overall health, which also includes sexual health.. consult me for homoepathic treatment without side effects. .recommend me by clicking on recommend option and leave feedback..

I am 55 years old .for me bp and diabetic under control .erection problem and premature ejaculation .kindly suggest me .good natural food to ejaculation and erection .please.

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Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello, Start daily exercise and lose some pounds. Eat food items rich in protein and less in carbohydrates.Fish ,oyetsers etc will benefit. Make your life style active to boost your metabolism and quit any addiction if having.

My platelets count is 86 will I die now. What should I do know I am totally scared.

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General Physician, Secunderabad
Platelets count increase Platelets -- a vital component of blood -- help the body form clots to stop bleeding in the event of an injury. In their inactive stage, platelets resemble plates (the reason behind their name). However, when active, platelets have several tiny tentacles that give them an octopus-like appearance. Since platelets play such an important role in the functioning of the human body, a low platelet count (a condition known as thrombocytopenia) should never be ignored. Slow blood clotting (resulting in bleeding that is excessive or cannot be controlled), bleeding gums and nose, bruising and appearance of petechiae (red or purple spots in the skin), and longer and heavier menstrual cycles for women are some of the main symptoms of this condition. Medication for normalising blood platelet count is expensive, and treatment usually requires the patient to be hospitalised. Fortunately, consumption of some foods also help treat as well as prevent this condition. These foods are not only easily accessible, but also relatively inexpensive. Ensuring that they are part of your daily diet helps prevent thrombocytopenia and the symptoms associated with the condition. Here's the list of these foods. Fresh Milk It's no secret that fresh milk contains calcium, which is an essential mineral for strengthening and developing bones. But did you know that fresh milk also helps regenerate blood platelets. Moreover, milk contains Vitamin K, which is absolutely essential for proper blood clotting. Foods that contain Vitamin K Besides milk, other great sources of Vitamin K are foods such as parsley, kale, basil, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chards, watercress, broccoli, celery, asparagus, okra, and cabbage. Carrots Across the globe, carrots are popularly consumed to help to maintain and improve vision. But the lesser known fact is that they also serve as an excellent remedy for maintaining a normal blood platelet count. Raisins Raisins are packed with iron and help strengthen the body while normalising blood platelet count. Raisins can be eaten as a delicious snack on their own, in oatmeal, or even sprinkled on yogurt. Pomegranate The brilliant red colour of the pomegranate serves an excellent reminder that the delicious fruit is good for the blood. Besides helping to maintain a normal blood platelet count, the nutrients and minerals found in pomegranates also serve as an energy boost. Lean Meats Lean meats such as fish, chicken and turkey are rich in protein, zinc and Vitamin B12, all of which help increase the blood platelet count. Beans Beans contain Vitamin B9 or folate which greatly helps boost the blood platelet count. Some other foods rich in B9 are spinach, asparagus, and oranges. Garlic Not only is garlic an excellent blood purifier, it also helps to naturally increase the blood platelet count. Papaya Leaves Another home remedy to increase platelet count quickly is to boil papaya leaves in water and drink the resulting solution. This method is especially effective when there is a sharp decline in platelet count, such as in cases of dengue fever and malaria. T) caripaya. Twice a day for 10 days.
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My bro suffering from dengue. His platelets count gradually decreased to 24k from 64k. After prescribing caripill and excessive fluids his counts gradually increased to 36k. Is this good or suggest some ideas to increase platelets counts please.

MBBS, DNB (General Medicine)
General Physician, Delhi
Please avoid fever and take plenty of fluids and take this medicine caripill for increasing platelets counts or take green tea or milk or papaya extracts for increasing platelets counts
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Health Benefits Of Salad

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Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits Of Salad

1. Build your bones

Spinach, radicchio and watercress may not immediately come to mind as foods for keeping bones strong, but all contain lots of vitamin K. A study at Tufts Universityin Boston found that low dietary intake of vitamin K in women was associated with low bone mineral density. 

2. Sharpen your eyesight

Toss together a salad of spinach, romaine and red leaf lettuce: They all contain loads of the carotenoids vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin’key to seeing better. Vitamin A helps eyes adapt from bright light to darkness. Lutein and zeaxanthin can help filter out high-energy light that may cause eye damage from free radicals.

3. Rev up your muscles

Recent Swedish research found that inorganic nitrate’abundant in spinach‘resulted in muscles using less oxygen. The study, which had healthy participants ride an exercise bike before and after taking a dose of nitrate, found it improved the performance of the mitochondria’which power our cells’in muscles.

4. Reduce risk of diabetes

Chronic magnesium deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and the development of insulin resistance.

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Health Benefits Of Salad

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Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits Of Salad
Build your bones
Spinach, radicchio and watercress may not immediately come to mind as foods for keeping bones strong, but all contain lots of vitamin K. A study at Tufts Universityin Boston found that low dietary intake of vitamin K in women was associated with low bone mineral density.
Sharpen your eyesight
Toss together a salad of spinach, romaine and red leaf lettuce: They all contain loads of the carotenoids vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin’key to seeing better. Vitamin A helps eyes adapt from bright light to darkness. Lutein and zeaxanthin can help filter out high-energy light that may cause eye damage from free radicals.
Rev up your muscles
Recent Swedish research found that inorganic nitrate’abundant in spinach‘resulted in muscles using less oxygen. The study, which had healthy participants ride an exercise bike before and after taking a dose of nitrate, found it improved the performance of the mitochondria’which power our cells’in muscles.
Reduce risk of diabetes
Chronic magnesium deficiency has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and the development of insulin resistance.

 

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Health Benefits of Salad Greens

Sexologist Clinic
Sexologist, Faridabad
Health Benefits of Salad Greens

Build your bonesSpinach,radicchio and watercress may not immediately come to mind as foodsfor keeping bones strong, but all contain lots of vitamin K. A study at TuftsUniversityin Boston found that low dietary intake of vitamin K in women was associated with low bone mineral density. (Thestudy didn’t find a link in men.) Just one cup (250 mL) of chopped watercresshas 100 percent of your daily vitamin K; radicchio, 120 percent; and spinach,170 percent.Sharpen your eyesightTosstogether a salad of spinach,romaine and red leaf lettuce: They all contain loads of the carotenoids vitaminA, lutein and zeaxanthin’key to seeing better. Vitamin A helps eyes adapt from brightlight to darkness. Lutein and zeaxanthin can help filterout high-energy light that may cause eye damage from free radicals.Rev up your musclesRecentSwedish research found that inorganic nitrate ‘abundant in spinach‘resultedin muscles using less oxygen. Thestudy, which had healthy participants ride an exercise bike before and aftertaking a dose of nitrate, found it improved the performanceof the mitochondria’which power our cells’in muscles.Protect your heartWhipup a Caesar salad to benefit from romaine’s high levels of two heart-healthynutrients: Two cups (500 mL) of shredded romaine contain 40 percent of yourdaily needs of folate and 10 percent of fibre. A study done at TulaneUniversity in New Orleans showed that the higher the level of folate in aperson’s diet, the lower the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Soluble fibre hasbeen shown to reduce the level of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or ‘bad’cholesterol.Reduce risk of diabetesChronic magnesiumdeficiency has been linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes andthe development of insulin resistance. Twocups (500 mL) of spinach contain 16 percent of your daily magnesium needs;arugula has six percent.

 

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5 Amazing Foods That Help Fight Cancer!

B.H.Sc (Food Science & Nutrition), M.H.Sc (Food Science & Nutrition)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
5 Amazing Foods That Help Fight Cancer!

Cancer is one of the worst diseases, which kills millions of people across the world. While there is a wide range of treatment options available, the best way to deal with it is to ensure a good diet along with a healthy lifestyle. Here is a list of cancer-fighting food products, which can immensely help to prevent cancer.

  1. Green vegetables: Leafy green vegetables have multiple health benefits. They are not only rich in minerals, vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants, but also have very low content of calories, toxins, and sodium. Being antiviral and antibacterial in nature, green vegetables can successfully inactivate carcinogens, halt metastasis and pause the formation of a tumour. Certain vegetables contain isothiocyanates that can detox the cells. Some of the vegetables that are mighty effective in countering cancer cells include kale, romaine, watercress, nutritious, spinach, collard greens etc.
  2. Berries: Berries are one of the best antioxidants among all food items, owing to their high ORAC score. Their antiviral and anti-fungal nature of berries is extremely healthy for the body. Moreover, abundant supply of vitamin A and C makes berries a perfect agent for increasing body immunity. Free radicals are one of the top reasons for metastasis. The proanthocyanidin content of berries helps the body to get a hang of free radicals, thereby decreasing the chances of cancer cells to grow rapidly. They can be consumed daily with any meals.
  3. Spices and herbs: There are a lot of herbs and spices, which boost the immune system and prevents cancer cells to grow further. Turmeric, for instance, is scientifically proved to be a great agent for reducing tumor size and effectively countering breast cancer and colon cancer. Some of the other herbs and spices include black pepper, ginger, raw garlic, parsley, oregano, and basil. They can be consumed daily in the form of juice or along with regular meals.
  4. Organic meat: Many scientists are of the view that organic meat does wonder in a cancer diet. Liver of beef and chicken has high B12 content and helps to remove harmful toxins from the digestive tract and liver. They can balance hormone, digest fat and counter the side effects of triglycerides, drugs, and obesity. This can be included in the diet every alternate day.
  5. Seeds and nuts: Flax seeds and chia seeds are few nutrient-power packed foods in the world. They should be included in the diet due to high fiber, mineral, and fatty acid content. Some other healthy seeds that can pay rich dividends in fighting cancer include walnut, sprouted bean, sunflower seeds etc. Nuts and seeds with all their nutritional qualities can successfully stop metastasis, reduce tumor size and increase immunity in the body, if consumed daily. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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Undergoing Cancer Treatment - 9 Foods That Are Absolutely Must For You!

BSc - Food Science & Nutrition, PGD in Sports Nutrition and Dietitics , Diabetes Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Undergoing Cancer Treatment - 9 Foods That Are Absolutely Must For You!

Are you suffering from cancer? Your diet plays an important part when you are a undergoing cancer treatment. There are several types of food items, which are actually beneficial for healing cancer. By including these items in your regular diet, there are chances of better healing. Here are 10 food items that help in healing cancer:

  1. Green leafy vegetables: You must consume green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, collard greens, kale, watercress and arugula salad as they contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Also they are low in calories, sodium, fat and toxins and are a storehouse of antibacterial plus antiviral components, which inactivate carcinogens and help in killing program cancer cells. The formation of tumor is prevented. The chemicals turn into biological compounds and break down cancer cells.
  2. Cruciferous vegetables: These vegetables are capable cancer killers and are rich in vitamin C. All vegetables belonging to the brassica family of cruciferous vegetables contain isothiocyanates, which help in the prevention of cancer. Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower also contain sulforaphanes and indoles, which protect the DNA structure.
  3. Berries: Berries contain antioxidants and proanthocyanidin antioxidants. These are capable of reducing free-radical damage. You should add blueberries, strawberries, goji berries and cherries to your diet.
  4. Fresh herbs and spices: Turmeric contains curcumin, which helps in reducing the tumor size and fighting breast and colon cancer. Its properties help in fighting inflammation. Other herbs such as ginger, garlic, oregano, basil and parsley help in boosting the body’s immunity.
  5. Organic meats: Organic meats such as chicken or beef liver are considered effective for cancer patients. This is because they are dense in nutrient content and contain vitamin B12 in high quantity. Consuming organic meat helps in the cleansing of your liver and removing toxins from the digestive tract.
  6. Cultured dairy products: Cultured dairy products contain probiotics or good bacteria. These help in promoting a natural bacterial balance in the intestinal microflora and increasing immunity. These food products prevent tumor growth and help with cell regeneration. You should have raw milk products like yoghurt, cheese and kefir.
  7. Nuts and seeds: Chia seeds and flax seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids and important minerals. Hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are also essential for a cancer patient.
  8. Healthy unrefined oils: Oils such as coconut, flax, extra-virgin olive oil and cod-liver oil nourish the gut and your immune functions are boosted.
  9. Mushrooms: Mushrooms are of different types and offer different benefits. In general, all mushrooms increase a body’s immunity to fight with cancer. You should add reishi, maitake and cordyceps mushrooms to your diet.

For consuming an ideal diet, which comprises cancer preventing and cancer-fighting foods, you should consult a dietitian. 

The above food help in prevention and recovery from cancer. In any case, rest is equally important and also fluids. Diet to regular chemo session, one might feel anorexic with persistent nausea, so having them in small portions in advisable. One can opt for organic versions of these, to ensure good quality. Try avid consuming them absolutely raw, stir fry, boiled are some recommendable methods. Cancer can be patience testing disease to cope up with it best is to have a positive attitude for better recovery.  If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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