Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Watercress soup and me

Salam Selasa,

Hari yang indah bagi saya adalah hari ini. Kenapa ?? Sebabnya saya dah heal dari infection throat yang agak kronik sehinggakan saya hilang suara. Minngu lepas adalah minggu2 yang menduga kesabaran dan kecekalan hati. Bermula dengan sakit tekak dan batuk biasa. Batuk tak berhenti sehingga suara hilang bermula hari rabu. Jumpa doktor your throat is infected sebab tue hilang suara dapat antibiotic sekoyan dan benadryl.Tuhan sahaja tahu mcmana rasanya batuk x berhenti-henti sehinggakan colleague suruh saya diam jgn bercakap sebab kesian kan saya bila dengar suara...

Hari Ahad call mama apa nak buat tak de suara.. Minum air asam.. yes... air asam tapi sekejap jer ada suara. Semalam saya berpuasa sunat.Kebetulan partner ada dlm kawasan. Maka berdua-duaan pergi ker Thai Base Sri Damansara. Special nya menu ada Watercress soup. Memandangkan keadaan yang makin kronik batuk. Partner orderkan untuk saya watercress soup.

Watercress Mentah

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" Apa nie watercress soup?"
" Ala sup yang saya bagi awak makan masa kita g redbox dulu"
"Haaa... ye ke.. sedap ke?"
" Eh .. boleh lupa pulak.. yang awak makan lepas tue terus batuk hilang , suara pun ok .. "
"owwhhhhhhhhhh........."
Hmmmm.. serius memang lupa dah pernah makan sup nie.. Apa pun lepas makan sup nie everything back to normal today. Semalam watercress sup saya dicampur dengan kaki ayam , red dated, watercress. Kategori sup : mild sup.. sup nipis jer.. but khasiat nya sgt banyak. Jom tengok apa khasiatnya :


Health Benefits
Watercress has plenty of health and therapeutic properties. However, due to its strong, pungent and bitter taste, it is never used alone, but is always added to juices, salads or other dishes as an ingredient, flavor or garnish.
Anti-anemic effect:  Watercress is particularly helpful in treating different types of anemia due to its high content in iron.  Iron is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, and folic acid, which plays a key role in the maturation of red cells in the bone marrow.  The right amount of vitamin C in watercress also makes better absorption of iron.
Anti-inflammatory properties:  Watercress is rich in vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can help prevent or relieve the symptoms of cold, flu and other types of inflammation.
Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer effects:  Just as many other herbs, watercress is rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidant substances help prevent or fight the damage caused by free radicals to body tissues, thereby contributing to prevent premature aging, as well as lower the risk of developing cancer and many other chronic or degenerative diseases.
Aphrodisiac effect:  Several historical sources show that watercress has been used for its aphrodisiac effect since the age of the ancient Romans and Persians.  This could be due to its high zinc and iron content.
Blood glucose:  Although not definitely proven, it seems that watercress can help control blood sugar levels and prevent or treat high blood glucose. It is probable that the hypoglycemic effect of watercress is in part due to its high content in soluble fiber, that helps reduce the absorption of carbohydrates from the intestine. This effect is particularly helpful for individuals with diabetes.
Bone health:  The right proportion of calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamins A, C and K in watercress helps promote and maintain healthy and strong bones.
Cough:  The sulphur glycosides found in watercress have been shown to modify bronchial secretions and exert an expectorant effect, which can be used to treat many forms of chronic bronchitis. ( ini yang match dengan sakit saya)
Digestive function:  Watercress does improve digestive function, due to its high content in vitamin C and fiber, which stimulate salivary and gastric secretions and the motility of the intestinal tract respectively.
DNA, preserve:  In a laboratory test, it was found that daily consumption of watercress increase the ability of cells to resist DNA damages to lymphocytes (white blood cells).
Eye health:  The high content in phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin are potent anti-oxidants;  together with vitamin A and zinc all in this herb help greatly improve eye health.
Hair health:  Watercress can be used topically to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss, due to its sulfur, iron, zinc and vitamin A content. The best results are obtained by rubbing the scalp and the hair with a watercress tincture.
Hangover:  A hangover happens when the liver gets overloaded with toxic alcohol.  Watercress juice is so concentrated with so much cleansing goodness that it activates the detoxifying enzymes in the liver for detoxifying a hangover.
Purifying effect:  Watercress has been used for centuries for its purifying effects. It enhances the diuresis and helps give the colon a good "spring-cleaning", thereby effectively removing toxins from the body.
Skin health:  When used topically, watercress juice can be helpful in relieving skin eczema, as well as other skin conditions.  Its high content of vitamin A and C best obtained by juicing are also beneficial for healthy skin.
Thyroid gland:  The high iodine content in watercress can help prevent goitre, improve the function of the thyroid gland and relieve the symptoms of many forms of hypothyroidism.


Sayuran seribu khasiat. Patut la chinesse suka makan sup watercress.

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