When you realize all the health and nutritious benefits of this salad crop, you will wonder why you are not eating it much more often.
Nearly always available and easy to grow in your own garden or back yard, the radish
can be white, red, purple or black in color and long, cylindrical or round in shape. See how many different shapes and colors you can buy or grow. The radish is the perfect crop for your children to grow
with quick and edible results.
But it is not only the radish root that is edible as the oil from the seeds is used and the leaves, the flowers and the pods are also eaten. Belonging to the brassicaceae family, the radish is also known as daikin in some places.
This small super star can give you 14% of your daily requirement of vitamin C in just a ½ cup serving. But that’s not all; radishes have vitamin K, B vitamins, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid all in significant amounts for such a small serving size along with potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorous, sodium, copper and zinc.
And there is so much more
1. Top of the list must be the fiber content
helping to facilitate digestion, prevent or remedy constipation and in turn give relief to hemorrhoids
. There are benefits for hemorrhoids from radishes too - being a very good detoxifier, it helps heal hemorrhoids more quickly while the radish juice also soothes the digestive and excretory system, further relieving the pain and discomfort of hemorrhoids.
2. Good for the liver and the stomach the radish is an efficient detoxifier
too, purifying the blood. Radishes help to remove excess bilirubin from the blood.
3. Radishes are diuretic
in nature meaning they increase your urine production but the juice also treats inflammation and that burning feeling during urination, cleaning the kidneys and inhibiting infections in the kidneys and urinary system. Cleansing properties clean kidneys up and lessen the accumulation of toxins in the blood, thereby decreasing their concentration in the kidneys. Its disinfectant properties protect the kidneys from any infections too.
4. Radishes are anti congestive
so help to relieve the congestion of respiratory systems including nose, throat, windpipe and lungs caused by respiratory disorders, bronchitis and asthma. The radish is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protect respiratory system from infections.
5. Watching your weight
? Radishes are very filling – so the stomach feels fuller and any hunger is satisfied while being low in calories. The major nutrient contained in ½ cup of radishes is dietary fiber but with 2 grams of carbohydrates, one serving of radishes will keep you full of energy.
6. Rich in vitamin C, folic and anthocyanins, radish are said to be beneficial and effective in combating many types of cancer
, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer. Vitamin C helps eliminate the toxins that can make you sick. As well as cancers, this same vitamin C is also responsible for keeping the common cold at bay, as well as more chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.
7. The detoxifying and anti carcinogenic properties of radish seeds (powdered and soaked in vinegar or ginger juice and applied to the white patches of leucoderma)
make it an effective and natural treatment. The eating of radishes is also beneficial for this condition.
There are other uses for radishes too
8. Mashed raw radish is a very good cleanser for the skin and can be used as a face pack to refresh and treat various skin conditions including rashes
while moisturizing the skin at the same time. Some skin diseases, such as jock itch
and athlete's foot
, are caused by an overgrowth of candida albicans and dermatophytes respectively. Radish juices have disinfectant properties that help kill any excess fungus on the skin. They can also prevent recurring episodes of most skin diseases.
9. Used on insect bites
, radish has anti pruritic properties to reduce pain and swelling while soothing the affected area.
10. Make a juice of radish mixed with black salt to bring down the temperature in a fever
and relieve any inflammation caused. The drink will also fight infections with its disinfectant properties.
Radish is a good appetizer, mouth and breathe freshener
Always select radishes that are red and firm and for optimum freshness, buy them whole and preferably from a local, organic source. Check the fresh produce aisles at your local store or support your Farmers Market.
Eat them whole and crunchy, whenever you feel like a snack, or slice and add to green, potato, tuna or pasta salads or use for dips. Chop and pop into soups, stews and casseroles or add to the other ingredients for juicing.
Derive all the health benefits of radishes by eating as often as you can.