Watercress has been found to help prevent DNA damage caused by intense exercise, according to research from the University of Ulster.
When you perform intense exercise, it causes a build-up of free radicals in the body. Over a long period of time, if you constantly pound the streets or lift heavy weights, this build-up can cause DNA damage.
According to research published recently from the University of Ulster’s Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute (SESRI), eating a small amount of watercress every day can help to prevent this damage by raising levels of antioxidant vitamins in the body.
For eight weeks, a group of subjects were given just 85g of watercress to consume per day while being asked to perform high-intensity exercise. A control group performed the same exercise. The watercress-eating group had much less DNA damage than those who didn’t consume it.
While the study group was relatively small, the results are impressive thus far. What say you? Will you add a little watercress to your daily intake to protect against the free radical produced by intense exercise?