Watercress Can Help Prevent Post-Workout Free Radical Damage To DNA

Antioxidant rich watercress can alleviate the natural stresses placed on the body during exercise and post-workout. Whether it is eaten regularly in the diet or up to two hours prior to training, a good level of protection from free radical damage can be expected.

Including watercress and other leafy greens into your diet can prevent some of the damage caused by high-intensity exercise and help to maximise the benefits of a tough workout.

A build-up of free radicals can cause damage to our DNA but eating foods high in antioxidants will help to avoid this issue, ensuring that you are able to reap all of the benefits of your vigorous workouts with limited negative side effects.


Fogarty MC, Hughes CM, Burke G, Brown JC, Davison GW, Acute and Chronic Watercress Supplementation Attenuates Exercise-Induced Peripheral Mononuclear Cell DNA Damage and Lipid Peroxidation, British Journal of Nutrition, 2012.

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