Could a bunch of watercress provide the ultimate boost before a workout?

It is not normally thought of as an energy food. But watercress could give you the boost you need before going to the gym.
Nutrients in the peppery leaves reduce exercise-related damage to DNA, research shows.
While exercise has many benefits, it also leads to higher-than-usual production of free radicals - dangerous oxygen molecules said to have a hand in everything from ageing to diabetes and cancer.
Watercress, it seems, is particularly rich in antioxidant chemicals that mop up these free radicals. Eaten ahead of exercise, it keeps DNA damage at bay.
Sports scientists from Edinburgh Napier University took blood samples from ten healthy young men and asked them to eat a small bag of watercress a day for eight weeks. They then put them through their paces on a treadmill, by making them run fairly quickly while gradually increasing the gradient.

Source  - Daily Mail

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