watercress vertical garden

Watercress is the new kale


Watercress is the new kale

  • Dioscorides in 70 AD
  • Detoxified tobacco carcinogens
    (Hecht et al. 1995)
  • Suppressed cancer in vitro
    (Zhang et al. 2003, Rose et al. 2005)
  • Reduced DNA damage & increase in blood antioxidant
    (Gill et al. 2007, Fogatry et al 2013)
  • Decreased of inflammation
    (Sadeghi et al. 2013)
  • No.1 ‘powerhouse’ fruit or vegetable (Di Noia 2014)

Anti-cancer properties of watercress: Glucosinolates and Isothiocyanates

chemistry of watercress
  • Most studied compound of Brassicaceaes
  • Glucosinolates are hydrolized by myrosinase
  • Myrosinase is released by cell damage
  • Producing isothiocyanate
  • Secondary metabolite & plant defense
  • Chemopreventative properties


Chemopreventive Pathways


Graham Packham
Inducing apoptosis, limiting cell growth, and inhibiting angiogenesis - Graham Packham, Cancer Genetics, University of Southampton, UK
Tumour Angiogenesis