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 What will happen to Noakes if he is (really) found guilty? 2016-12-02 14:13 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 Sun protection for all children Understanding your sunscreen The science behind cosmeceuticals Do you know these 5 facts about skincare? Live healthier The debate continues » Working out in the concrete jungle 7 top butt exercises for guys 10 things pole dancing can do for you The running vs. walking debate There are many different theories when it comes to the running vs. walking for health and weight loss. Veganism a crime? » Running the Comrades Marathon on a vegan diet Are vegans unnatural beasts? Can a vegan be really healthy? Should it be a crime to raise a baby on vegan food? After a number of cases of malnourishment in Italy, it may become a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet.