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Overview Information

Garden cress is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

People take garden cress for coughs, vitamin C deficiency, constipation, tendency toward infection (poor immune system), and fluid retention.

How does it work?

Animal research suggests that garden cress might help fight some bacteria and viruses, but there isn't enough information to know if it works in humans.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of garden cress for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

There isn't enough information to know whether garden cress is safe to use as a medicine. Large amounts might cause irritation of the intestines.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking garden cress if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Diabetes: Garden cress might lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Therefore, blood sugar levels need to be monitored closely. Dose adjustments may be necessary for diabetes medications that are taken.

Low potassium levels (hypokalemia): Garden cress might flush potassium out of the body, possibly leading to potassium levels that are too low. Until more is known, use garden cress with caution if you are at risk for potassium deficiency.

Low blood pressure (hypotension): Garden cress might lower blood pressure. There is some concern that garden cress might interfere with blood pressure control in people prone to low blood pressure.

Surgery: Garden cress might lower blood sugar levels. There is a concern that it could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgical procedures. Stop taking garden cress at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



We currently have no information for GARDEN CRESS Interactions.



The appropriate dose of garden cress depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for garden cress. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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