Watercress: the new sports nutrition ingredient?
Watercress could have a commercial application in sports nutrition after a new study showed that consumption of the plant could reduce oxidative stress and DNA damage sustained during exercise. Research by Scotland’s Napier University and Northern Ireland’s Ulster University suggests that the high antioxidant content of water cress could account for reduced DNA damage and lower levels of oxidative stress in those who consume the vegetable.
“The study demonstrates that exhaustive aerobic exercise may cause DNA damage and lipid peroxidation; however, these perturbations are attenuated by either short- or long-term watercress supplementation, possibility due to the higher concentration of lipid-soluble antioxidants following watercress ingestion,” said the researchers, led by Gareth Davison from Ulster University.
Source: Ingredients Network