200 seeds Watercress, Garden Cress for Anti-Cancer Salad


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Garden Cress Extract Kills 97% of Breast Cancer Cells in Vitro:

  • Garden cress, like broccoli, is a cruciferous-family vegetable but is unique because it contains very high amounts of BITC (benzyl isothiocyanate) which has emerged as a powerful anti-cancer compound. In this study, BITC was seen to kill 97% of ER- breast‪ cancer‬ cells (MDA-MB-231) after 24 hours of treatment. For comparison, the same dose of sulforaphane from ‪‎broccoli‬ killed only 75% of the cancer cells.

In other research, BITC has been found to slow the rate of breast cancer metastasizing by 86% and when given to mice, resulted in breast tumors 53% smaller than in untreated mice. BITC is now being intensively studied for a variety of cancers and has been shown in lab studies to be active against melanoma, glioma, prostate cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer and others. Garden ‪‎cress‬ is one of the best sources of BITC.

Other good sources include cabbage, Indian cress, Japanese radish (in particular Karami daikon) and, quite surprisingly, papaya seeds. As with other‪ cruciferous‬ vegetables, the best way to eat cress is raw in order to maximize the delivery of BITC.

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17121941
  • http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/HG_Garden_2006-05.pdf


  • http://nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/123456789/12732/1/IJNPR%202(3)%20292-297.pdf


The flowers of this plants are generally are white or slightly pink color measuring 2 mm.It grows wonderfully in all types of soils and climates. The seeds sprout four or six days after sowing and the leaves are ready for consumption after two or three weeks. This is generally considered as fast growing plants and found in many places through the world.

Nutrients Nutrition Value % DV of RDA
Water 44.7 g N/D
Energy 16 Kcal N/D
Energy 67 kJ N/D
Protein 1.3 g 2.60%
Total Fat (lipid) 0.35 g 1.00%
Ash 0.9 g N/D
Carbohydrate 2.75 g 2.12%
Total dietary Fiber 0.6 g 1.58%
Total Sugars 2.2 g N/D
Minerals Amount % DV
Calcium, Ca 40 mg 4.00%
Iron, Fe 0.65 mg 8.13%
Magnesium, Mg 19 mg 4.52%
Phosphorus, P 38 mg 5.43%
Potassium, K 303 mg 6.45%
Sodium, Na 7 mg 0.47%
Zinc, Zn 0.12 mg 1.09%
Copper, Cu 0.085 mg 9.44%
Manganese, Mn 0.276 mg 12.00%
Selenium, Se 0.4 µg 0.73%
Water soluble Vitamins
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.04 mg 3.33%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.13 mg 10.00%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 0.5 mg 3.13%
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 0.121 mg 2.42%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.124 mg 9.54%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 40 µg 10.00%
Folic Acid 0 µg N/D
Folate, food 40 µg N/D
Folate, DEF 40 µg N/D
Choline 9.8 mg 1.78%
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 34.5 mg 38.33%
Fat Soluble Vitamins
Vitamin A, RAE 173 µg 24.71%
Vitamin A, IU 3458 IU N/D
Beta Carotene 2075 µg N/D
Betaine 0.1 mg N/D
Lutein + zeaxanthin 6250 µg N/D
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.35 mg 2.33%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 271 µg 225.83%
Lipids Amount % DV
Fatty acids, total saturated 0.012 g N/D
Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid) 0.008 g N/D
Stearic acid 18:00 (Octadecanoic acid) 0.004 g N/D
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 0.12 g N/D
Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid) 0.044 g N/D
Gadoleic acid 20:1 (eicosenoic acid) 0.03 g N/D
Erucic acid 22:1 (docosenoic acid) 0.046 g N/D
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 0.114 g N/D
Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid) 0.076 g N/D
Linolenic acid 18:3 (Octadecatrienoic acid) 0.038 g N/D
Isorhamnetin 0.5 mg N/D
Kaempferol 6.5 mg N/D


Medicinal Properties

These seeds have lots of medicinal properties and ayurvedic doctors prescribe this seed in powder or capsule form for the patients suffering from asthma, respiratory diseases, lung infections, indigestion, constipation and other such infections.These seeds are very rich in potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin c and other such minerals.

Credits: VeggiesInfo, NewDrugApprovals

Additional information

Weight 0.02 kg
Dimensions 5 × 10 × 2 cm
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Outdoor Plants

Cultivating Difficulty Degree

Very Easy


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