It is widely knows that the phytonutrient known as isothiocyanates have powerful anti-cancer effects. Isothiocyanate are found in mustard, horseradish, and onions to name a few. It is what gives the herb its powerful biting taste. However another anti-cancer phytonutrient that doesn’t get as much attention is phenethyl ITC (PEITC). Watercress contains high amounts of PEITC. A recent study looked at what happens in women’s blood after ingesting watercress. In particular they looked at a specific blood marker that shows a reduction in cancer cells. What they found is marked inhibition in cancer cell activity, even stronger inhibition than what is found with isothiocyanates.
So next time you have the opportunity to buy fresh watercress please do so. Add some to your salad to give it some bite and reduce your cancer risk as well. Besides watercress is delicious! Read the rest of this entry