Heal your DNA???

   I don’t know if you have noticed a theme in my blog, but I keep finding things that have anticancer properties, so I am going with it.  I knew oregano was super antiseptic (one drop in a gallon of water will purify it!), but it wasn’t until I researched for the blog that I found the anticandidal and anticancer connection.  (See my article “Kills Candida and another ‘C’”…)  Today, I bring you watercress, an easily sprouted green to be added to salads, smoothies, sautéed greens, or soup.  Watercress, found near springs or streams, is a plant that is a close cousin to arugula, with a similar flavor.  Watercress contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, and more folate than bananas.  Vitamin K is by far the most prominent nutrient in watercress, with 312% of the daily recommended value. It forms and strengthens the bones and limits neuronal damage in the brain, which is helpful in treating Alzheimer's disease.  Watercress is very low in calories but contains phytonutrients like isothiocyanates and antioxidants with many disease-preventive properties. Gluconasturtiin, a glucosinolate compound providing the peppery flavor, is one of them, contained in the leaves and stems and providing phenethyl isothiocyanates, shown to inhibit carcinogens.  

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 Manganese is a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (the energy enzyme), and calcium for strong bones and teeth come in high doses when you eat watercress.    From Organic Facts, “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that cruciferous vegetables may be helpful against cancer. Watercress has shown such an effective anticancer phytonutrient that even eating a single salad shows an increase in molecules into the body’s circulatory system that may possibly prevent and stop the recurrence of breast cancer. Based on a study those who ate at least 80 grams of watercress on a daily basis were shown to have beneficial results.”

            First we will talk about the Big C, the compounds in watercress safeguard healthy cells, inactivate carcinogenic chemicals and block the growth and spread of tumors (1, 2, 3)  Here is a quote from the second citation: “Phenethyl isothiocyanate (a component of watercress) is a particularly effective inhibitor of lung tumor induction by the tobacco-specific nitrosamine 4-(methylnitrosamino)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone and, therefore, is currently being developed as a chemopreventive agent against lung cancer.”  This component has also specifically been shown to prevent colon, lung, prostate and skin cancers. (4,5,6,7)  I know this language is thick but here is a quote from the fourth citation, “Our research provides new insights on CRC(Colorectal Cancer) therapy using ITC (Isothiocyanates )-enriched Brassicaceae (in the broccoli family) extracts, specially watercress extract, to target CSCs (cancer stem cells) and circulating tumor cells by impairing cell proliferation (multiplying), ALDH1-mediated chemo-resistance, anoikis evasion, self-renewal and metastatic potential.” (4)  Another study – this one is regarding prostate cancer, “Isothiocyanates (ITCs) derived from cruciferous vegetables, including phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) and sulforaphane (SFN), (see my blog article, “Want to RESTORE cognitive function?  Heal dementia?”) exhibit in vivo activity against prostate cancer in a xenograft and transgenic mouse model, and thus are appealing for chemoprevention of this disease. Watercress constituent PEITC and SFN-rich broccoli sprout extract are under clinical investigations but the molecular mechanisms underlying their cancer chemopreventive effects are not fully understood.” (6) Who cares if it is fully understood?  Does it work?!  I don’t understand how my car works, but I still use it every day!  In another study, it looks like the isothiocyanates in watercress reverses the damaged DNA of a cancer cell back to health status.  (WOAH!!!)  “Current evidence supports the view that ITCs are potent compounds in interacting with the epigenome (DNA) in order to restore the normal epigenetic (DNA) landscape in malignant cells.” (7)  Further studies have shown watercress is effective against breast cancer, as well. (8, 9)

            As this article is already long, stay tuned for “Watercress, Part II” to see what else this amazing plant can offer you.

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