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Depression & Mental Fog Gone with Watercress

Depression & Mental Fog Gone with Watercress

Watercress was once considered by the Greeks and Romans to be a symbol of strong, influential people. And since the time of Hippocrates, it has been used as a remedy for various ailments. In the 1700s, Nicholas Culpeper (author of Culpeper’s Herbal) believed watercress could cleanse the blood.  But somewhere along the way, it fell from grace. Not that long ago watercress was only used as just a garnish on a plate and in tea sandwiches. But not anymore. It’s making a comeback. It’s a superfood star. Research on its health benefits abound. In fact it recently got a perfect score of 100 for all around high nutrients beating out even kale.

Look to folate, along with B6 and B12, which improve memory and cognitive function.  Watercress is rich in folate and folate has been found to reduce the risk of depression. A study at the Rush University on 954 people for 4.5 years showed that consumption of vegetables rich in folate, vitamin K, lutein, and beta-carotene was associated with slower cognitive decline. (1) L-Methylfolate is the only form of folate that crosses the blood-brain barrier.  It has a role in neurotransmitter synthesis, indirectly facilitating the synthesis of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine—three neurotransmitters involved in mood regulation and other important functions. And, yes, you guessed it! Watercress is high in methylfolate. That is also true of other green veggies. Most fresh greens are sources of folate. They have between 50% and 100% of their folate in the active L-methylfolate form. Genesis Superfood Juice Powder has watercress juice powder as part of the delicious mix.

Notes

1 http://www.fasebj.org/content/29/1_Supplement/260.3.short

Testimony

Experiencing so much energy that I just can’t seem to stop~~

I am in my late 30’s and while generally healthy, have been battling depression/fatigue over the last 9 months after a major setback [in career]. I’ve attributed the problem to mental/emotional shock and stress and sought improvement through exercise and spiritual disciplines. It had not occurred to me that a HEALTHFUL DIET could be the key to completely reverse the gloom. —A

Watercress Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or other unsweetened plant milk)
  • 1 cup chopped watercress (or use the juice powder)
  • 1-2 cups fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ice cubes (optional, may not be needed if using frozen fruit
  • Several drops of liquid stevia (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process well until smooth and creamy/slushy. Serve as soon as possible.

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