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Improve Depression and Mental Clarity with Watercress

Improve Depression and Mental Clarity 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 used as just a garnish on a plate and on occasion served in tea sandwiches. But not anymore. It’s making a comeback. It’s a superfood superstar. Research on its health benefits abound.

Look to folate, along with B6 and B 12 to lower homocysteine levels, 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 folic acid 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.

Genesis Superfood Juice Powder has watercress juice powder as part of the delicious mix.

Notes

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

RECIPE

Watercress Berry Smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or other unsweetened plant milk)
  • 1 cup chopped watercress
  • 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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