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Watercress can be used to fight cancer, say researchers

Published on 14/09/2010
New research has suggested that watercress could be used as part of a healthcare plan to fight cancer.

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered that eating the foodstuff helps increase levels of a cancer-fighting chemical and say that it could be used to prevent a recurrence of the disease in former breast cancer sufferers.

It was found that a compound, phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), of which watercress is the richest natural source, interferes with a key process in the growth of tumours.

Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF) is used by cancer cells to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, which they require to obtain enough oxygen and nutrients to maintain their growth.

But PEITC was shown in laboratory tests to have the ability to block the function of HIF.

The Southampton University team found that volunteers who ate 80 grams of watercress a day had elevated levels of the cancer-fighting molecules in their blood within hours of consumption.

Gram for gram, watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk and more iron than spinach.
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