Indian Cress: Anti-Cancer Edible Weed You’re Probably Not Growing

By | January 8, 2023

John from shares with you Indian Cress aka Tropaeolum majus aka Garden Nasturtium with Edible flowers, stems, and leaves.

In this episode, you will learn about Indian Cress aka Nasturtium Flower which has many health benefits aside from its edible flower. You will learn how you can eat the leaves of this plant as well as the stems.

You will discover some of the many health benefits of this plant which is loaded with nutrients. Studies show it: May boost bone health, May support immune health. May promote weight loss, May protect against toxins, May promote heart health, May aid diabetes management, and May have anticancer properties due to containing benzyl isothiocyanate (bitc) that are also contained in other brassica family plants.
You will learn the best places in your garden to plant Indian cress and if you can grow them perennially or annually in your USDA climate zone. You will learn how John grows this plant in his desert garden after many years of experimentation.

You will learn about all the different parts of the plant that is edible from the flowers, leaves, and stems, and how they can be consumed.

You will discover why this is one of John’s favorite wild foods.

Jump to the following parts of the Episode:
00:00 Episode Starts
00:30 Grow Indian Cress Native to Central & South America
01:53 Published Research about Indian Cress
03:09 Does this plant provide freezing
4:30 Proven benefits of Indian Cress aka Nasturtium
06:30 These have the same beneficial
07:37 Main Problems You will have with growing nasturtium
08:40 Best place to plant Nasturtium in your garden
10:20 If you plant in Shade this will happen
10:55 Flowers have a lot of zinc; add trace minerals to your soil
11:45 Nasturtium Leaves are more nutritious than flowers
12:50 What do the Nasturtium leaves taste like
13:50 Why Nasturtium leaves are stronger in the summer
14:50 Why it is important to eat different parts of plants
15:38 What the Nasturtium Stems Taste Like
17:00 Best Places to plant Indian Cress & How to Use them
18:00 Recommended Book to eat healthier

After watching this episode, you will learn why you should start to grow the Indian Cress aka Garden Nasturtium and how you can eat all parts of this plant.

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Referenced Links:
Garden nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus L.) – a source of mineral elements and bioactive compounds

In Vitro and In Vivo Antitumor Activity of Benzyl Isothiocyanate: A Natural Product from Tropaeolum majus

Bioavailability and metabolism of benzyl glucosinolate in humans consuming Indian cress (Tropaeolum majus L.)

Super Immunity Book

Indian cress, also known as Tropaeolum majus, is a flowering plant that is native to South America. It is also commonly known as nasturtium, and it is often grown as an ornamental plant due to its showy flowers and leaves. The plant is also edible, and both the leaves and the flowers are used in salads and as a garnish for dishes.

Some studies have suggested that Indian cress may have anti-cancer properties. For example, research has shown that compounds called flavonoids, which are present in Indian cress, have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties may help to prevent cancer by inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and protecting healthy cells from damage.

Additionally, Indian cress contains an enzyme called myrosinase that when combined with glucosinolates present in the plant, give rise to isothiocyanates (ITCs) which are considered to have cancer fighting properties.

It is important to note, however, that while the anti-cancer properties of Indian cress are promising, more research is needed to fully understand how the plant may be used as a cancer treatment. It should not be used as a sole therapy. And also as a dietary supplement. Consultation with a doctor is necessary before using it in any way.

Additionally, it should be consumed in moderate amounts as large quantity consumption may lead to diarrhea and stomach upset.