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Health Benefits Watercress Health Benefits & Research

Why Buy Watercress Sprout Kits: "Sprouts may provide up to 600% more vitamins then the full grown plant." And, researchers at the University of Ulster, UK have found: "Watercress could be a life-saver..."  By significantly reducing DNA damage.  

  • You should be advised that conventional or wild watercress grown by a stream can be contaminated by environmental pollutants and runoff from the fields, causing illnesses like salmonella and diseases like "Liver Fluke Disease."
     
  • Watercress Kits provide only Certified Organic Seeds that are 3rd party tested and disease free; and the organic biodegradable "Seed Mats will make sprouting easy and affordable!" 
  • The Seed Mats work great with all types of sprouting seeds like watercress; smaller seeds are typically difficult to use in a Sprouter.  The "Seed Mat" hold up to 50% more water keeping your seeds wet so they germinate!
  • The Seed Mats work great in any Sprouter with holes at the bottom!
     
  • All Refill Kits automatically SAVE 10% on every order!  You get surplus supplies!

Easily and Affordably Grow: delicious sprouts year-round in your home, apartment or even your office without rinsing!
 
  Hydroponic Biodegradable "Seed Mat"
  
Cress Seeds, Certified Organic 

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 Watercress Sprout Kits are As Easy As 1-2-3 to use!

(1) Cut "Seed Mat" to Fit inside a Sprouter or mesh.Watercress Sprouting Instructions Step 1  

(2) Place "Seed Mat" in the bottom of a Sprouter; run water over "Mat" just long enough to get it soaking wet.Watercress Kits Sprouting Instructions Step 2

(3) Spread Seeds on "Seed Mat," with your clean hands sprinkle water over seeds daily; sprouts are ready to eat in 7-10 days.Watercress Kits Sprouting Instructions Step 3

 All Reorders Save 10% on any "Watercress Refill Kit or Variety Refill Kit which have Cress, Alfalfa and Wheatgrass" or Cress, Radish and Broccoli Variety Refill Kit

 

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Health Vitamin + Omega 3 & 6 Chart

Watercress compared to Garden Cress

 Serving Size: 1 Cup, Chopped (50 grams) 

VITAMINS ²                                                    Watercress                 Cress

Vitamin A

1595.5 IU  3458 IU

Omega Fatty Acids 3/(6)

.0115/(.006) g          .038/(.076) g

Choline

4.5 mg                            9.8 mg

Lutein + Zeaxanthin

2883.5 mcg                6250 mcg

Vitamin C Asorbic Acid

21.5 mg                       34.5 mg 

Vitamin E

0.5 mg                             0.4 mg

Vitamin K

125 mcg                       271 mcg

Thiamin B1

0.045 mg                  (DRI) 1.5 mg

Riboflavin

0.06 mg                          0.1 mg 

Niacin

0.1 mg                           0.5 mg

Vitamin B6

0.0645 mg                     0.1 mg 

Folate

4.5 mcg                        40.0 mcg

Betaine

     -                                0.1 mg

Pantothenic Acid

0.155 mg                       0.1 mg

Water 47.55 g                            44.7 g
Sugar 0.1 g                                 2.0 g

*Source: Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21 "-" indicates missing or incomplete value.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs!  (DRI) Dietary Reference Intake

Health Mineral Chart

Watercress compared to Garden Cress

Serving Size: 1 Cup, Chopped (50 grams)

Minerals ²                                               Watercress              Cress

Calcium

60 mg                           40.5 mg  

Iron

0.1 mg                           0.7 mg

Magnesium

10.5 mg                        19.0 mg

Phosphorus

30 mg                           38 mg 

Potassium

165 mg                         303 mg

Sodium

20.5 mg                        7.0 mg

Zinc

0.055 mg                      0.1 mg

Copper

0.0385 mg                   0.1 mg

Manganese

0.122 mg                      0.3 mg

Selenium

.45 mcg                         0.4 mcg

*Source: Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21 "-" indicates missing or incomplete value.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs!

Hydroponic "Seed Mats" used in Watercress Kits

 

The medium Watercress Sprout Kits uses is hydroponic and guaranteed excellent moisture absorption combined with optimum moisture management.  The “Seed Mat” that Watercress Kits uses is what makes our Sprout Kits Hydroponic and easy, they are a revolutionary new growth medium technology:  

Watercress Kits Hydroponic "Seed Mat"

  • It’s biodegradable, "Go Green" and inert.
  • It will not interact with your plants or nutrient solutions.
  • It is natural for Organic growing, ideal for hydroponic sprouting.

This revolutionary product is proven to have many unique qualities that make it superior to other widely used mediums, like peat, Perlite and Rockwool.

  • It holds 30-50 times its weight in water.  So it needs less watering
  • “Seed Mats” have a great aeration capacity, which makes it ideal for hydroponic sprouting. 
  • They are light-weight and very easy to use and too cut to the measurement that you need, so less waste.
  • It is clean and unlike dirt and other mediums it will never make a dirty mess.
  • It is BIODEGRADABLE in SOIL which makes it "Green" and it's very environmentally friendly!
  • I like to cut the "Seed Mat" into interesting shapes and then the Hydroponic "Seed Mats"; leave the sprouts on the "Seed Mat" and place them on a festive dish and serve them with a meal!  Edible arrangement it looks great and the sprouts add a wonderful flavor to almost any meal!  If supplies of the "Seed Mat" are unavailable another "Seed Mat" that is food safe, and not biodegradable; may be temporarily sent as a replacement.Watercress "Seed Mats" grows sprouts shaped like a heart
“Watercress could be a Life-Saver....

“Watercress could be a Life-Saver....

University Ulster, UK

“Eating watercress daily can significantly reduce DNA damage to blood cells, which is considered to be an important trigger in the development of cancer, University of Ulster scientists revealed today. 1 7

Watercress May Help Fight Cancer!

  • Watercress and or Cress are a Vitamin and Mineral Rich Raw Food that helps repair DNA for healthy cell regeneration¹
  • New Fresh Watercress Hydroponic Sprout Kits will provide an easy way to grow sprouts which contain live enzymes necessary for the digestive process. Cress Sprouts are one of the highest sources of fiber and chlorophyll. It also contains the highest and purest form of vitamins, proteins, trace minerals and nutrients necessary for long life.
  • Terri Teague and Mildred Jackson in their book 'The Handbook of Alternatives to Chemical Medication' lists watercress as a wondrous source of nutrients for the body and to help clear cancerous growths”¹ ¹
  • In the Sunday Mail it was 'reported how watercress can block cancer; 'Scientists have found that the salad vegetable watercress contains a chemical, which helps prevent lung cancer...' ¹ ²
  • You'll have fresh delicious organic watercress, cress, alfalfa, wheatgrass, radish and broccoli sprouts all year-round. Cress from the retail store is often conventional and may harbor diseases.  And, it is very perishable so a lot of times if you can’t use it right away it goes to waste. Convenience and less waste with the highest quality.
  • The history of watercress:: It's native to Europe and considered to be a valuable raw food plant.  Watercress has a hollow stem and will produce small white and green flowers in clusters.  The foliage of the watercress or cress becomes bitter when the plant begins producing flowers.  With the hydroponic watercress sprouts you will not see the flower, but it has green leaves within the first 3 days and green leaves mean enzymes!
  • The very small white flower with four-petaled Corollas resembling a Great Cress.5 Watercress is a vegetable and is in the same plant family including broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips, mustard, horseradish and radishes.  “This family has been recognized for it's ability to serve man with valuable health and healing properties.”5
  • Watercress “has abundant Chlorophyll, which is purifying and stops the spread of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganism.  Chlorophyll also promotes the growth of beneficial intestinal flora.”4
  • Watercress is a “Vitamin and Mineral Rich Food that helps repair DNA for healthy cell regeneration”1
  • Since “eating wild watercress found in streams and fields can be dangerous due to environmental runoff from sheep and cattle and pesticide; it could make your family ill and can carry a  “parasite disease.” called, “Liver Fluke Disease”2 “It is usually associated with sheep and cattle.”2 Even the conventional watercress found at your grocers can be GMO or Genetically Modified Organisms have diseases like Salmanella right in the seed so no amount of cleaning the plant can get rid of the diseases.  You will be safe with Watercress Kits we only use Disease Free, 100% Certified Organic Sprouting Seeds!
    Watercress Kits Sprouts are Disease Free & Organic Seeds and are safe, Vegetarian and Vegan friendly.
  • Non-Hybrid Seeds are important because the push toward hybridization and GMO foods is becoming irreversible and Genetically Modified Organisms or GMO is dangerous and once these GMO Seeds are used inf the soil, the soil is damaged and these manufactured or engineered seeds will kill other seeds.
    Rinsing your sprouts

Treatment:   Soak all greens in a mild solution of Apple Cider Vinegar and clean water for 15 minutes, 1 tablespoon per gallon of soak water or ¼ cup per sink full of water”4 I actually treat all of my produce before consumption.  Most fruits and vegetables are heavily sprayed with chemicals and pesticides, and it isn't always possible to find a variety of organic foods all year-round. 

Remember when you have a Watercress Sprout Kit you will be able to grow sprouts & all kinds of sprouting seeds including wheatgrass anytime, all year-round!  The soapy solutions you can buy at your grocers may be adding their own problems to the rinsing and cleaning process, that is why I like to use the vinegar, it's natural and healthy!  Keep a lookout for my new Veggie Soak Solution.

  • Watercress:  “Being eaten whilst extremely young, “alive” or "baby watercress" and rapidly developing, sprouts have been acclaimed as the “most enzyme-rich food on the planet”1 5  “Greens in the cabbage family have almost three times as much calcium as phosphorus.”  That is a very beneficial ratio since high phosphorus consumption has been linked to osteoporosis.  The high consumption reduces the utilization of calcium and promotes it's excretion.”1 5  So what this is saying is that Watercress Kits Sprouts will provide the correct balance of calcium and phosphorus for the utmost benefits!     
       
  • Breast Cancer Research by Science Daily (September 14, 2010) -- States that; "New scientific research from the University of Southampton has revealed that a plant compound in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by "turning off" a signal in the body and thereby starving the growing tumour of essential blood and oxygen."  Additional information can be found at: sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100914115240.htm  Research lead by Professor Packham, a molecular oncologist.
  • The research, carried out by a team from the University’s Coleraine Campus and published in this month’s American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “found that in addition to reducing DNA damage, a daily portion of watercress also increased the ability of those cells to resist further DNA damage caused by free radicals.”
  • Watercress contains more sulfur than any other vegetable.  Sulfur rich foods play an important part in protein absorption, blood purification, cell building and in healthy hair and skin.7
  • Isabel Shipard Book: 'How can I use herbs in my daily life?'7  States that: “The Potassium content of watercress is valued for weight loss!7
  • Dr. Kamen PhD. In her book 'Germanium a New Approach to Immunity' shares research on the benefits of plants that contain the mineral germanium1 8 (B-17). Watercress is a source of the germanium it acts as an antiviral, antibiotic, and body detoxifies; an oxygen carrier and catalyst; strengthening bone-mass, the immune system and biologically stimulating electrical impulses at cell level”8
  • In the book, 'World without cancer, the story of Vitamin B17'1 3 by Edward Griffin, the book explores the revolutionary concept that cancer is a deficiency disease, the substance missing being B17 (also called laetrile),2 2discovered by German Chemist Leibig in 1830, and further researched by Dr. Ernst Krebs and others.1 3
  • Remember all fruits and vegetables offer outstanding health benefits.  Easily include cress and other sprouts to your daily diet.  To get the maximum health benefits, experts recommend eating a variety of fruits and vegetables along with other natural foods.15
  • The key findings of the watercress diet are as follows:1 7
    • Significant reduction in DNA damage to lymphocytes (white blood cells), by 22.9 per cent.
    • Reduction in DNA damage to lymphocytes (white blood cells) when a sample was challenged with the free radical generating chemical hydrogen peroxide, by 9.4%.
    • Reduction in blood triglyceride levels, by an average of 10%.
    • Significant increase in blood levels of lutein and beta-carotene, which have antioxidant activity, by 100% and 33% respectively(higher intakes of lutein have also been associated with a lower incidence of eye diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration).1 7
  • Give Watercress Kits as a gift to a loved one and friend.  If you have someone you care about that smokes1 7 you will find this very informative.  Studies have shown the benefits of “eating watercress for smokers”21 7 Since, health and nutrition are a main concern for families everywhere, Watercress Kits provide a cost effective “Super Food” rich with raw nutrients year-round!

Organic Cress Sprouts

Therapeutic Uses Have Included:

Cancer

Head Colds

Bronchial Ailments

Asthma

Emphysema

Stress

Arthritis

Stiff Back & Joints

Diabetes

Constipation

Cataracts (Lutein)2′17

Failing Eye Sight

Leukemia

Cough

Hemorrhaging

Eczema

Bleeding Gums

Weight Loss

Alcoholism

Intestinal Parasites

Circulation

Lack of Energy

Kidney Stones

Gall Stones

Brain & Nerve

Strengthener

Thyroid

Blood Pressure

Improving Memory

Mental Function


Bodies Metabolism
Pain Night Blindness

Tuberculosis
Anemia Heart Conditions

Indigestion
Spleen Ailments Retard Aging

Sluggish Menstruation
Normalize Cholesterol Gland Health

Nursing Mothers Failing or Scant Milk Supply

Alfalfa Sprouts (Vitamins + Nutritional Research) 

Organic Alfalfa Sprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts have a lot of nutritional value Vitamins: A, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, and the Minerals: calcium, copper, potassium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and zinc.  Remember that sprouts contain over 600% more vitamins than the unsprouted plant this all makes sprouts very beneficial.  Alfalfa has about 4 percent of ProteinSaponins: help remove plaque from the arteries and lower cholesterol.  Chlorophyll: helps control hot flashes and supports estrogenic functions.  Plant Sterols:  build up the immune system and lower cholesterol.  L-canavanine:  Is an amino acid that can protect against certain kinds of cancers, it has shown to help protect against pancreatic, leukemia and colon cancers, if you have or suspect that you have Lupus please read the next paragraph. 

Although, most people benefit from alfalfa and other sprouts a few people should avoid alfalfa sprouts; Research shows that people with Lupus should avoid alfalfa supplements, tablets and sprouts (check with your physician); the main culprit seems to be a naturally-occuring amino-acid known as L-canavanine. Found in many legumes, L-canavanine can negatively affect B-cell function in some people.  Anyone with Lupus or suspected of having Lupus, should check with their physician and into the research about L-canavanine and Lupus.  Beans and mushrooms, though tasty, contain amines and hydrazines, which research has found increase lupus symptoms and cured meats and hot dogs should be avoided because they contain components that have been proven to trigger lupus symptoms.  Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, and white potatoes, called nightshade vegetables (vegetables that grow at night), research states that they should be avoided because they contain solanine, an agent that triggers inflammation and pain common to lupus sufferers.*  

The latest problem that was on the news about alfalfa was conventional alfalfa seeds; the actual seeds were contaminated with salmonella.  (Usually soaking produce in a vinegar and water wash will remove surface contaminents.  But in this case the salmonella was found in the contaminated alfalfa seeds, it was not on the surface, it was actually in the seeds so washing & soaking the alfalfa after it was grown would not be helpful) 

Important:  Watercress Kits Seeds Are All:  3rd Party Tested, Disease FreeCertified Organic & No GMO(s) (No Genetically Modified Organisms!)  At Watercress Kits we strive to provide our customers with Quality Products and Services! 

Alfalfa Sprouts in the Watercress Variety Refill Kit will help provide all of these wonderful nutrients and advantages to your everyday diet as well as delicious flavor to your daily dining.  Watercress Sprout Kits "Variety Refill Kit" will have cress, alfalfa and wheat grass these are all powerful beneficial "Raw Foods." 

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Attention: When juicing watercress, Do not drink the whole watercress juice or watercress sprout juice straight or by itself it is to powerful and could harm you, the ratio should be 1 teaspoon watercress sprout juice with; or combined with 10 ounces or more of liquid and/or other juices and water!  Remember, that sprouts are power packed raw food.  If you choose to disregard this information and important guidelines you are doing so at your own risk.

References:  ¹http://www.juicingbook.com/vegetables/watercress/, ²http://www.elook.org, ³Wikipedia,  ³http://www.lse.co.uk/showstory.asp?  story=GE1534106Y&news_headline=watercress_diet_can_cut_the_risk_of_cancer
4Healing With Whole Foods Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford Third Edition pg 76, 660, 572 5 History of watercress source http://www.herbsarespecial.com/Isabel Shipard Book: “How can I use herbs in my daily life?http://www.herbsarespecial.com
2Sunday Mirror July 16, 2000 by Andrew Bushe 7http//wwwherbsarespecial.com
8Dr Kamen PhD. Book: Germanium, a new approach to immunity 1 1Terri Teague and Mildred Jackson “The Handbook of Alternatives to Chemical Medication”1 2The Sunday Mail April 1997
1 3Book by Edward Griffin 'World without cancer, the story of vitamin B17'
1 5http:..en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sprouting
1 7University Ulster, http://news.ulster.ac.uk/releases/2007/2998.html 15, February 2007  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 
1 8http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germanium2 2What is laetrile?, National Cancer Institute, Retrieved on 14 January 2007 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_b17#_ref-2 *lupus.org: