Watercress

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How does Watercress work?

Watercress may have antibiotic action. It can also increase the amount of urine produced by the body (diuretic).

Are there safety concerns?

Watercress seems safe for most people when used short-term. When used in large amounts or long-term it can cause stomach upset or kidney problems.

Watercress is UNSAFE for use as a medicine in children, especially in those younger than four years old.

Do not use watercress if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding, in amounts larger than in food.
  • You have a stomach ulcer.
  • You have an intestinal ulcer.
  • You have kidney disease.

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