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Cress - all-rounder for your health

Cress - all-rounder for your health

Garden cress is that spicy-tasting greens that are mostly sprinkled over cold plates for decoration. No one thinks of cress for a remedy. Exactly that is the garden cress - both the plant and its seeds. Both can be used to treat various diseases. Diabetes counts as well as kidney stones, gastrointestinal complaints, lung problems, menstrual cramps or cancer. And best of all: garden cress can be extremely cheap and pull without much effort itself.

Cress: World-renowned natural remedy

Cress gives many recipes the decisive spicy freshness kick. Whether potato salad, stuffed eggs, fish dishes, soups or pasta - with cress everything tastes the same again.

Cress peppers food but not only in terms of taste. She also gives them a healthy dose of health.

Cress is actually an extremely strong medicinal plant.

In Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine, cress (Lepidium sativum) has been used for millennia. Here, for example, she should fight diarrhea, muscle pain and sexual aversion.

Garden cress conquered the world from India. Arabs, Persians, Africans and Europeans were able to convince them with their health-promoting effect quickly - on the one hand with their interesting nutritional value, on the other hand, with their healing ingredients.

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Nutrient-rich garden cress

One hundred grams of garden cress contain 1.3 milligrams of iron, so that cress - consumed lusciously - can contribute to the iron needs (about 12 - 15 mg per day) can contribute.

The cress is also well-endowed with calcium. Their calcium content is 81 mg per 100 grams.

Nutrition experts recommend a daily vitamin A intake of 0.8 to 1.0 milligrams. With just under 350 micrograms per hundred grams, cress can therefore make an important contribution to vitamin A supply.

And in terms of vitamin C, 50 grams of cress already cover a third of your daily needs.

Similarly useful is the consumption of cress, if you want to optimize its folic acid supply, since already 50 grams of cress provide one sixth of the folic acid requirement

In addition, garden cress contains a lot of protein compared to leafy lettuce. While lamb's lettuce, ice lettuce, lettuce and Co usually provide only between 1 and 2 percent protein, the cress consists of over 4 percent protein.

As even small quantities of cress can contribute enormously to the supply of nutrients and vital substances, garden cress should be on the menu as often as possible.

If you suffer at the same time many a Zipperlein, it may also be that this will say goodbye by frequent cress consumption. Cress has an extremely beneficial effect on many health conditions - eg. B. in hyperthyroidism.

Garden cress contains isothiocyanates, which help to prevent too much iodine from entering the thyroid gland during hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gets calmed and relaxes.

For diabetics it is important that the cress - taken as an extract - also regulates the blood sugar level or ensures that it does not rise so quickly after meals.

But also for the cardiovascular system the cress is a true guardian angel.

Cress for the cardiovascular system

Cress has several properties that make it an excellent means of preventing cardiovascular disease.

In addition to its antioxidant potential, the watercress, for example, "blood thinning". It thus inhibits excessive blood clotting, so that the formation of thrombi, which often leads to thrombosis and embolism, is prevented. As a result, cress naturally also reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

At the same time, the cress ensures that the vessels relax and thus counteract vessel narrowing.

This is especially noticeable in high blood pressure.

Therefore, it is no wonder that the cress has a blood pressure-lowering or blood pressure-regulating reputation.

For a noticeable effect, the cress must be consumed daily in relevant quantities.

Incidentally, anyone who can not speak after a stroke should chew cress seeds as often as possible - they say.

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Cress supports detoxification

Often it comes with heart problems (heart failure) to water retention in the body. Again, the cress can be helpful:

In China and other parts of East Asia, accumulations of water as a result of heart failure have traditionally been treated with cress seeds for millennia.

And that's no wonder, because cress - not only the seeds, but also the plant - has a clear diuretic effect.

In this way, the watercress can contribute to the detoxification of the body. Because the frequent urination more and more toxins are flushed out of the organism and concrete deposits from the kidney, which could otherwise cause damage to health.

Daily one teaspoon of cress seed powder mixed with about 30 milliliters of water (then drink two glasses of water) should be taken for this purpose.

Since blemishes are often associated with "slopped" blood, an improvement in the appearance of the skin is often seen when the cress was originally used only for blood purification and detoxification.

Cress against skin problems

A paste of crushed cress seeds and water, applied on the surface, can also directly alleviate local skin problems.

Such a paste is suitable for the treatment of brittle cracked lips, dry skin and even sunburn.

Similarly helpful is the cress with respect to the digestive system:

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Cress for indigestion and lack of appetite

With its digestive and antimicrobial action, cress can be used for stomach upset and diarrhea. A mixture of cress seed powder, some water and honey is suitable for this.

As soon as cress seed powder comes into contact with liquid, a mucus forms, which lays like a protective film on the inner walls of the digestive organs. In this way, the cress inhibits irritation in diseases and infections in the gastrointestinal tract.

Even with constipation and flatulence, cress seeds can help in the described application.

The antibacterial effect of the cress is also used for problems with the respiratory tract:

Cress for colds

Both acute and chronic respiratory diseases respond well to cress. Here, the cress is expectorant and anti-inflammatory, it also expands the bronchi.

Chewed cress seeds also relieve sore throat, cough and asthma symptoms. For this purpose, affected persons should chew 1 gram of cress seed three times a day.

Practically, the garden cress also helps against cold-related headaches (as well as migraine). Seeds should also be chewed for this purpose.

Cress is not only fine for the sick, but also for very healthy people. Breastfeeding mothers, for example, can provide their babies with more milk if they use cress more intensively:

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Cress promotes lactation in nursing mothers.

One teaspoon of cress seed should be boiled in about 175 milliliters of water for half an hour and then mixed with a teaspoon of honey to stimulate milk production.

Because cress seeds contain hormonal substances with an estrogen-like effect, cress has the ability to gently regulate the hormone system and also help with cycle problems or menstrual cramps.

The above-mentioned antimicrobial effect of cress is of course also very welcome during breastfeeding because it protects mother and child from annoying infections.

But the cress not only works against cough and cold germs, but also against pathogens of a completely different caliber:

Cress against multi-resistant germs

In our article Every day at the hospital increases infection risk, you can find information about multidrug-resistant pathogens. These bacteria are immune to the action of antibiotics.

Infections caused by them can not be treated with current methods and therefore lead to death in about ten percent of cases.

However, garden cress combats pathogens even if they no longer respond to treatment with antibiotics. For example, cress is known to inhibit the growth of bacterial strains of the species Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa occur in moist environments, such as in dialysis machines, and are the most common hospital germ in Germany: about ten percent of all hospital infections are caused by these bacteria.

They can cause a variety of diseases, but most often cause pneumonia.

So if hospitalization is unavoidable, take a sachet of cress seeds and chew 1 to 3 times a day (1/4 teaspoon).

This is especially recommended if you are in the clinic because of a broken bone. Because:

Cress seeds promote bone healing

In Africa, cress seeds are traditionally used in bone fractures, as they should accelerate their healing.

And what the old Africans knew long ago, was then confirmed in 2007 in scientific studies and in the journal Medscape General Medicine released.

The researchers mixed cress seeds into the food of rabbits that suffered from broken bones. It was found that the bones of these rabbits healed much faster than those of the control group, which had not received any cress seeds.

Many of the garden cress remedies described above refer to their seeds. But the cress plant looks very similar.

It is usually only for this reason that the seeds are preferred (unless you need the mucus), because they can be easily stored in the medicine or storage cabinet and are always ready to hand. The plant, however, would have to be pulled over several days.

Of course, from a culinary point of view, the cress plant offers quite different pleasures than the seeds.

It is not only the consumption of the cress plant fun for the whole family, but also their breeding, even children can take over without any problems:

Pull cress yourself

Cress can be wonderfully pulled by yourself. You do not need a balcony or garden. Because garden cress grows if necessary, even on a damp kitchen paper on a plate.

Cress cultivation is particularly space-saving and easy with the help of germination devices made of clay or plastic. Several germination dishes are stacked here, which makes the cress yield not only light, but also productive.

Cress sieves are also suitable for small quantities. They usually consist of a stainless steel sieve in a ceramic or clay pot. The seeds are sprinkled directly on the sieve.

And if you need large amounts of watercress, for example because your family is so extensive or if you just want to eat cress daily, then the Easygreen Sprouts Breeding Equipment is recommended. There you do not even have to worry about watering. Everything is fully automatic.

Just sow cress once a day or every two days and harvest cress in the very best and freshest possible organic quality after 10 days at the latest.

It is best if you harvest the cress always immediately before consumption, z. B. for our delicious...

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  • 2 medium carrots, finely grated
  • 150 g celeriac finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons of ground almonds or hazelnuts
  • 50 g of cress chopped
  • 4 tablespoons soy flour mixed with 4 tablespoons water (or for non-vegans 1 - 2 eggs)
  • Herbal salt, pepper, nutmeg
  • olive oil

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Mix carrots, celery, cress and almonds / hazelnuts. Stir the soy flour-water mixture under the vegetables. Season with the spices and knead well.

Heat the oil in a pan. Form buffers from the vegetable mass and fry them in oil from both sides.

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