October 16, 2012

Watercress, an anti-aging remedy that you neglected

A study found out that 10 out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just four weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet.

The women, with ages between 23 and 58, were asked to consume 80g of watercress a day, for four weeks. The only condition was that the watercress was not cooked. During this time, they were asked not to change their beauty regime. This trial began by having their faces photographed using a VISIA complexion analysis, which offers information about skin’s texture, in all the detail (wrinkles, texture, brown spots, etc).

After a month, the majority of the women involved said they felt more energy. 7 out of 11 saw an improvement in their wrinkles, 5 out of 11 saw an improvement in their red areas, and most of them saw a positive overall impact in their skin.

Dr Sarah Schenker, nutritionist and dietician who oversaw the study, expains this fact saying “watercress is a rich source of beta carotene needed to quench free radicals, which can cause damage to skin cells.

However, in order to work properly a high concentration of Vitamin C is also needed to complete this process and watercress again has this in abundance. In addition watercress contains Vitamin E, which is also important for skin health.  It is this powerhouse of nutrients and the chain reaction in which they work together, which is so important for maintaining good skin.

The nutritionist concluded with the fact that “this study confirms that diet is an important aspect of beauty. Eating plenty of plant foods including watercress cannot only help to slow down the ageing of our skin, but may actually reverse some of the effects of damage.”

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