Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food > Vegetables Updated 27 February 2013 Watercress Watercress has many health benefits: it is a traditional treatment for eczema, counters anaemia, may reduce cancer risk and helps avoid and treat infections. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » Watercress has many health benefits: it is a traditional treatment for eczema , counters anaemia, may reduce cancer risk and helps avoid and treat infections. Watercress provides concentrated antioxidant protection. It must be washed well before eating. Watercress will wilt after a few days, so it is best to eat it as soon as possible.Raw watercress is very low in calories and can be eaten freely. It provides a large portion of an adult's calcium and folate needs. Calories 22 Calcium 170mg Carotenes 2,520 mcg Folate 200 mcg Iron 2,2mg Potassium 230mg Vitamin C 62mg Vitamin E 1,5mg Zinc 0,7mg Per 100g NEXT ON HEALTH24X Noakes being charged for having different view – lawyer 2017-04-04 20:50 More: Healthy FoodVegetables advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors K Naomi takes a stand and shows women how to fight back WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Are you sure? » Aid your digestion What are digestive disorders? Are you really constipated? Many people think that if they do not have two or more bowel movements every single day of their lives they are constipated. This is patently not true, writes DietDoc. True of False? » SEE: How anaphylactic shock affects your body Stop believing these 10 allergy myths Do you still believe that hay fever is caused by hay? Or that food allergies are really common? No, and no again. We bust 10 myths about allergies.