Department of Food Technology, Amity University, India
*Corresponding Author: Tanu Jain, Department of Food Technology, Amity University, India.
Received: September 25, 2017; Published: December 05, 2017
Citation: Tanu Jain. “Garden Cress Seeds: Its Pros and Cons”. Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 2.1 (2018).
Garden cress (Lepidium sativum Linn.) plant belongs to family brassicaceae and botanically related to mustard. The plant seeds are well known for its nutritional and medicinal value. The seeds contain many phytochemical substances responsible for its medicinal properties. The seeds contain lepidine which acts as a diuretic. Imidazole compounds present in seeds are antihypertensive. Glucosinolates are found to be anticarcinogenic. Flavonoid compounds work as an antioxidants and semilepidinoside a and b are antiasthmatic and anti-inflammatory [1,2]. Many studies have been conducted to prove its therapeutic effect. Mahassani and Al-Reemi  observed the potential of aqueous extract of garden cress seeds on the growth of cancer cells and found induced apoptosis. Aqueous extract was also found to be beneficial in hypertension .
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