- Prevents Asthma. The symptoms of asthma can be remarkably lowered by taking Garden Cress seeds as the presence of an active compound aids in improving the lung functions. Improves haemoglobin, good for gut health, regulates menstruation, boosts memory, as well as good for skin and hair health. Fancy, three-lobed leaves with a peppery flavor. Also known as "Curly Cress" or "Peppergrass." Try adding cress to a sandwich or when an extra-spicy bite is needed.