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Pick up free gym watercress from 16th September

DW Fitness First, Branksome

Welcome - you’ve either grabbed a bag or heard about our #watercresschallenge, it’s all about the…….

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Outstanding Nutrition

  • Amazing boost for your workout
  • A daily detoxifier
  • Improving all-body wellness

Outstanding Nutrition

Amazing Boost

Nitrate-rich foods such as watercress help to lower blood pressure. Natural nitrates found in watercress also improve oxygen supply in your blood to improve Vo2 Max (maximal oxygen uptake), a great indicator of aerobic fitness.

Detoxifier

Our bodies naturally detox every day and amino acids in watercress make fat soluble toxins in our bodies water soluble so they can be easily removed or excreted.

Wellness

The peppery compound in watercress, called isothiocyanate (ITC), protects the skin from UV damage and premature ageing. Watercress contains nutrients associated with the maintenance of normal vision and eye health including vitamin A, vitamins C and E, alpha-linolenic acid and carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.

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Outstanding Recipes

  • Recipes from start to end of the day
  • Snacks on the go
  • Hero ingredient

Outstanding Recipes

Recipes for the whole day

From a nutrient–boosting brunch, simple snack, quick and tasty lunch or delicious dinner, watercress is a great ingredient to add flavour to any meal. For the maximum nutrient hit eat watercress uncooked, fresh and daily.

Snacks on the go

Whether in training, as on-the-go fuel for an event or as part of a healthy lunch, watercress is perfect for snacking. Low calorie, high in protein and full of fibre, a handful of watercress takes any sandwich, wrap, salad or bento box to the next level! Power up with watercress on the move.

Hero ingredient

Watercress is great as the leading leaf in any salad, the perfect nutritional boost in a smoothie or a delicious soup. Use watercress in a range of dishes or as a tasty alternative to spinach or kale, preserving all the goodness with no need for cooking. Try it added right at the end of stir fry, chopped into mashed potato or added to an omelette.

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Outstanding Story

  • Grown in mineral rich spring water
  • A Journey from the farm to to your fridge
  • Grown in harmony with the environment

Outstanding Story

Grown in mineral rich spring water

Ancient and mineral rich, watercress is grown in pure spring water so clean you can drink it at source! Rainfall slowly permeates and filters through the chalk downs of Dorset and Hampshire into a natural underground aquifer. From there faults in the rock allow this pure water to flow out as springs and nurture the watercress beds.

A Journey from the farm to to your fridge

In the UK we harvest every morning from watercress beds that were built over a century ago, arriving on the shelves of 4500 supermarkets nationwide less than 24 hrs later. To gain maximum nutritional value, it is important to eat watercress fresh, ideally on the day you buy it.

Grown in harmony with the environment

Watercress farms provide a unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife in and around the beds. With many farms being located in or near areas of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) our duty as farmers is to support, protect and encourage the relationship with nature.

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Outstanding Salad

  • Compared to 85g of equivalent mixed leaf salad
  • Bag for bag watercress outperforms

Outstanding Salad

High in Vitamin K, A & C

Watercress contains twice the amount of Iron and nearly six times the amount of Vitamin C (vital for Iron absorption), more than twice the amount of Vitamin K and nearly three times the amount of Calcium than in a mixed leaf bag.

Bag for bag watercress outperforms

3 x 200g bags of mixed leaf salad are needed to get the equivalent quantity of Vitamin C as is in just 85g of Watercress
1 x 200g bag mixed leaf salad to get the equivalent quantity of Iron
1 x 130g bag baby spinach to get the equivalent quantity of Vitamin A as is found in an 85g bag Watercress

All values calculated with use of McCance & Widdowson Composition of Foods tables 7th Ed, in affiliation with Public Health England. This is the key reference tool used by health professionals and researchers. NutriticsR software used where no data available from this reference. All values are calculated using the Edible Conversion Factor which takes into account parts of the plant which may not be edible such as thick stalks. All values assume raw consumption.

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Outstanding RAW

  • The key plant compounds
  • RAW - don’t cook
  • High in Vitamin K, A & C & Antioxidants

Outstanding RAW

Grown in mineral rich spring water

Watercress is truly incredible! Studies have proven it prevents DNA damage, activates defences against pathogens, detoxifies our body and even improves our lymphatic system. The key plant components that offer this array of benefits are PEITC & Sulforaphane which are only found in watercress or cruciferous plants.

A Journey from the farm to to your fridge

Unlike other cruciferous vegetables such as kale or broccoli which generally require steaming or boiling, watercress does not need to be cooked which ensures it retains all its nutritional benefits. Some of the goodness is activated by enzymes and when you steam or cook any of these vegetables, the enzymes are damaged resulting in fewer nutritional benefits.

Grown in harmony with the environment

Watercress contains an impressive number of vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients to deliver a powerful body boost. Rich in vitamin A and vitamin C, watercress is a good source of folate, calcium, iron and vitamin E. It also contains useful amounts of vitamin K, thiamin, vitamin B6, potassium and iodine and is naturally low in sodium. Harmful free radicals in the body can be increased by infection, pollution, cigarette smoke, alcohol and ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure. Antioxidants found in watercress help to protect cells by “mopping up” free radicals before they cause cell and tissue damage.

 
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#watercresschallenge - some of the people using the watercress to improve their health

 

To find out all about the science and research on watercress head to the www.watercresscompany.com