Latest studies have found that watercress and broccoli have the ability to reduce the risk of certain cancer types, since they provide a great amount of antioxidants. This duo has been long investigated for its anti-cancer benefits.
Watercress is a leafy veggie, but it is overlooked as a leafy green, despite its high nutrient content. This cruciferous vegetable has a peppery taste. It is high in vitamins and minerals, and experts say that it contains an amazing 312% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, and also large amount of vitamin C. Moreover, watercress prevents DNA damage.
Broccoli is rich in vitamin D, fiber and three different glucosinolate phytonutrients that are held as responsible for your body’s detox system.
These veggies have certain things in common, like the power to decrease the risk of colon, breast and prostate cancer, due to the presence of glucosinolates, or phytochemicals that produce isothiocyanates. These compounds have shown to shut down signals that tumors send to human brain, and thus hinder cancer growth.
Recent studies have confirmed that both veggies release healthy enzymes when chewed. Phenanthryl isothiocyanata (PEITC) is a compound produced in watercress and broccoli, and it is known for its ability to prevent cancer. Large amounts of this compound inhibit cancer growth efficiently.
Better than chemotherapy?
Chemotherapy, in addition to harmful radiation levels, has a huge problem. It only targets large tumors. Although tumors can sure be removed or at least reduced with this therapy, cancer cells sometimes still remain in the body.
If you have alive cancer stem cells in your body, practically nothing will stop cancer from returning, and that is why cancer oftentimes returns.
Isolated laboratory testings, involving cancer treatment with PEITC, have shown that cancer cells died within 24 hours. Even though these results may not be that absolute regarding human body, but one thing is sure clear: watercress and broccoli contain compounds that inhibit or completely eliminate cancer cells. Add these vegetables to your menu and enjoy their health benefits.