Quick… if I ask you to think of a leafy green what’s the FIRST thing that comes to mind?
Maybe kale, spinach, romaine, or iceberg popped into your head. Or, if you’re feeling a bit fancy, perhaps your first thought was chard or arugula.
But chances are watercress didn’t make your list.
And that’s a shame. Because this unique leafy green is packed full of a powerful polyphenol which scientists say could help you manage your blood sugar.
And in folks with prediabetes, it may even help prevent the disease from ever developing.
You’ve probably never heard of kaempferol before. But in a recent animal experiment using this common nutrient, diabetes cases plummeted by 22 percent.
More on that study in just a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at overlooked watercress.
Better blood sugar with kaempferol-rich watercress
Watercress doesn’t get the respect it deserves.
More often than not, it’s plopped on a plate as a garnish. Which means it usually ends up in the trash instead of in your tummy.
But it wasn’t always that way. Rumor has it that this peppery-tasting green was a staple in the diet of Roman soldiers.
And no wonder. This cruciferous veggie is brimming with disease-fighting antioxidants and other good-for-you nutrients.
In fact, watercress contains more than 100 percent of your daily requirements for wound-healing and bone supporting vitamin K. And it’s a good source of vitamin C and vitamin A, too.
Even Hippocrates… widely considered the father of modern medicine… is said to have used watercress to treat patients.
But recently it’s another nutrient you’ll find plenty of in watercress, kaempferol, that’s causing a stir. Because it could be used to retrain your body to use glucose more efficiently.
Diabetes cases plummeted 22% with kaempferol
In a recent experiment, researchers treated a group of diabetic mice with kaempferol for 12 weeks. And within just two weeks, they started to see results.
The nutrient SIGNIFICANTLY reduced both fasting AND non-fasting blood glucose levels. In fact, by the end of the study over 22 percent of the kaempferol–treated mice were essentially cured.
And the improvements didn’t end there. After being treated with kaempferol, total and LDL cholesterol levels in the diabetic mice dropped back into the normal zone.
Then to be sure they were on the right track the researchers even repeated the experiment.
The second time around they used severely diabetic mice with soaring blood sugars. And once again, the powerful polyphenol passed the test with flying colors.
But incredibly, this time the kaempferol started working within just SEVEN DAYS.
By the end of the first week, non-fasting blood sugars had dropped back to non-diabetic levels. And within four weeks, fasting blood sugars had stabilized too.
Retrain your body to use glucose more efficiently
The researchers believe kaempferol uses a two-pronged approach to manage this remarkable feat. The nutrient likely targets excess blood sugar by….
- suppressing glucose production in the liver
- encouraging muscles to use MORE of the glucose
And the result, in many cases, is a virtual cure.
This was an early experiment, of course. The next step is to try the “watercress extract” in humans. But there’s every reason to believe we will see some positive effects in us too.
Plus, kaempferol has bunches of OTHER side benefits that make loading up on this nutrient a good idea. For example, earlier research confirmed the nutrient is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
It could ALSO help you fight high blood pressure. And kaempferol even has cancer-fighting properties.
Watercress is hands down one of the best natural sources of the nutrient. There’s around 23 mg of kaempferol in 100 grams (less than two cups) of the deliciously spicy green.
Other good veggie sources are mustard greens, arugula, spinach, and kale. Prefer fruit to vegetables? Blueberries, watermelon, kiwi, and strawberries all contain some kaempferol too.