Watercress is a leafy green vegetable that grows near natural water sources. Watercress is related to mustard and has a similar, but milder, spicy flavor.

Watercress is commonly sold with the roots intact. Purchased this way, it can be stored like a bouquet of flowers in a glass of water in the fridge, with a plastic bag over the leaves.

See also Leafy Greens.

Serving size: 100 g (about 3 cups)
Region: Europe, Asia, North America

Health Benefits

Blood Neutralizes acidic waste in the blood. Helps fight anemia.
Bones Helps fight against osteoporosis.
Circulation Improves circulation.
Gallbladder Juiced watercress can help normalize gallbladder function.
Hormone Balance Helps regain hormone balance.
Skin Helps to heal chronic pimples, acne, and eczema. Natural internal skin cleanser and antiseptic.
Thyroid Helps treat thyroid deficiencies.


Calcium 120 mg 10%
Iodine N/A N/A One of the very few non-oceanic plants containing iodine.
Sulfur N/A N/A
Vitamin A 4700 IU 94% Especially high in beta carotene.
Vitamin K 250 mcg 313%