The Benefits Of Watercres
Watercress is one of the favorite vegetables of Indonesian society. Watercress can be processed into a variety of refined cuisine. Some types of cooking kale is quite popular in Indonesia such as sauteed kale, plecing kale, spinach and fried belacan.
Types and Characteristics of Plant Watercress
Based on the habitat, there are two kinds of kale plants, the ground water spinach (Ipomea reptans) and water spinach (Ipomea aquatica).
Watercress land can only be grown on dry land. The characteristics of swamp land that is smaller stems and greenish white, leaves are thinner and more flexible, faster wilt when cooked / baked, and has pure white flowers. When picking kale land farmers usually will pull up all the roots.
Unlike land kale, kale water can grow in wet areas such as ditches, ponds or puddles fields. The characteristics of the water spinach stems larger, darker green, leaves are wider and a little harder, longer wilt when cooked and has a reddish-white flowers. Water spinach stems can be elongated and usually only taken the young bud only to be cooked.
Nutritional Content and Benefits of Watercress
Watercress has amazing nutrients. Watercress is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin C, protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, hentriakontan, and sitosterol. Based on the results of the research, the ingredients contained by spinach have benefits for treating various health disorders and as an antidote. Watercress is working as a sedative (sedative) and capable of carrying nutritious substances to the digestive tract. That is why, this plant has the ability to neutralize toxins in your body.
In addition to containing vitamins A, B1, and C, spinach also contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, carotene, and sitosterol.
Watercress has a sweet, fresh, cool. The nature of this plant into the intestine and stomach meridians. Pharmacological effects of this plant as an antidote (antitoksik), anti-inflammatory, laxative urine (diuretic), to stop the bleeding (hemostatic), sedatives (barbiturates). Watercress also be soothing and calming.
Watercress also contains carotenoids, carotenoids are plant pigments that when digested by the body into vitamin A. Carotenoids in kale is a powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties (preventing inflammation) and anti-cancer.
The content of lutein in spinach is essential for eye health. Research shows that increased lutein intake may reduce the risk of cataracts. Watercress is also anti-microbial and anti-ulcerogenic can cure ulcer problems.
Research conducted in India showed that the leaves and stems of watercress indicate the nature of the fight and destroy cancer cells. Another study conducted in 2005 shows that eating watercress may inhibit the absorption of glucose, so it is good for diabetics. In addition, spinach is also good for maintaining brain health and memory keep forgetting to avoid the disease.