Watercress is believed to be a superfood and has many reported benefits although there aren't many studies to prove it in the science area. But folklore and legend has many tales of watercress benefits and although they may not be 100% - usually there is something to it.
So here is a quick list of alleged benefits:
Blunts training damage in athletes and MMA fighters.
Superfood: high levels of antioxidants in each serving. A salad bowl of watercress (about 80 grams) contains 42 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 50 mg of vitamin C. Watercress also contains beta-carotene, B vitamins, vitamin E, folate and calcium. Dieters will be pleased that watercress is low in calories, containing a mere 18 per serving, which is less than broccoli.
purify the blood
make teeth and gums stronger
make skin clearer
help with allergies
help with coughs
smell drives snakes away
lowers cancer risk
Watercress, apart from being nutritionally rich, is believed by many as an aphrodisiac. No research has proven this as a fact.
Different countries all over the world claimed that this aquatic herb stimulates sexual desire. In fact, historical sources show watercress has been used by ancient Romans, Persians, Arabs, Greeks, among others to improve sexual drive.
Not only that, watercress is also said to increase sperm count. Although an aphrodisiac, it is believed to cause temporary sterility in certain African tribes.
Men from Hampshire believed watercress to be “hot stuff” and islanders from Crete have attested to its sexual powers and have handed down recipes and brews from one generation to the next.
This nature of watercress can probably be attributed to its high zinc and iron content which helps regenerate the body’s system which, in a way, can affects the sexual system.
I don't care if it's all proven by studies or not. If it does a 1/4 of what people say it does then it's badass. Plus it's just a healthy, vitamin and anti-oxidant rich plant. I don't know about you, but I'm eating this stuff from now on.