I am reading Dr Perricone’s latest book, Forever Young, and I must admit that the goofy salmon doctor covers plenty of new and interesting research. I’ll write a full review when I’ve read the entire book, but for now I wanted to share that (while still a salmon and blueberry nut) Dr P has come up with a new superfood, watercress, and the case for this humble leaf, relegated by western society to little more than a limp garnish, is impressive.

When I ran a search on Truth In Aging, I found very few references to watercress. One of them, funnily enough since I used it this morning, was Lather Bamboo Crème Shampoo. Look out for it though as there are plenty of reasons to introduce it into your beauty regimen as well as your diet.

Apart from being a useful skincare foot soldier, treating disorders such as eczema and rashes, it is high in vitamin C and antioxidant flavonoids. Dr P makes much if the fact that is nature’s richest source of phenylethyl isothiocynate (PEITC), responsible for watercress’ peppery taste and shown to fight cancer cells. For example, British scientists have linked eating watercress to fending off breast cancer. Apparently, it completely blocks a protein called hypoxia-inducible factor, which plays a critical role in cancer development.

As a former smoker, I was rather pleased to see that when smokers in a trial ate a bowl of watercress every day, the activation of a key carcinogen in tobacco was inhibited.

More relevant to the clean living Truth In Aging community is that watercress is a source of lutein (a carotenoid that Harvard researchers believe can prevent UV damage) and beta-carotene, which maintain skin health.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that claims that eating one bowl of watercress a day increased the ability of blood cells to resist DNA damage caused by free radicals.

So how has Dr Perricone incorporated his new find into his skincare line? Well, he has come up with a new product called Super Detox Elixir with Watercress ($30), part of his new new Super line that, I imagine, the Forever Young book is designed to promote. I'll be looking at some of the other Super products in the future, but Super Detox Elixir with Watercress seems to be an improvement on the old, standard Dr Perricone line where  a few standout ingredients would be awash with fillers. Sure, I am not keen on phenoxyethanol, or alcohol, but I appreciate the witch hazel extract, vitamin C, phosphatidyylcholine, and copper gluconate. And watercress, of course.

One of the few brands (other than Lather) that seems to have latched on to watercress is Dermalogica and I’ve also come across it in a couple of Dr Hauschka products. Let us know if you find interesting looking beauty products with watercress.

Ingredients in Perricone MD Super Detox Elixir with Watercress

Water, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Leaf Extract, Alcohol, Glycerin, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Phosphatidylcholine, Bisabolol, Copper Gluconate, Sorbic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Fragrance (Naturally Sourced).