Since how we eat has a direct correlation to how we feel we thought we would start things off with one of our favorite foods to help you reverse a bad diet. The radish may not be all that sexy, in fact you may constantly pass right by it in the produce section. It is, however, a very potent addition that you can make to your daily routine that can really impact your health. Whether you cut it up for a salad, add them to your favorite recipes, or throw them in a juicer for an extra kick, there are many ways to enjoy this veggie that will let you enjoy all of its advantages..
Radishes, scientifically known Raphanus Sativus, belong to a family of plants known as Brassicaceae family. They were first actively farmed in Europe before 0 AD. Today, radishes have gained a lot of popularity among health conscious consumers who are looking to add more super foods to their diets. They are now found in almost every cuisines of any country around the world.
Radishes vary by their cultivation period, size and color, and can be divided into four main categories which are the spring, summer, fall and winter. Despite this, the flavor found in each radish is more rich and distinct from other similar vegetables. The parts of radishes that are consumed are its leaves, flowers, seeds and pods. They can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled. In addition, one can extract oil obtained from its seeds and use it to make different products or use it for beneficial heath application.
Radish Potential Benefits
This is one root vegetable that really packs a punch. Some of the possible health benefits of radishes include;
Radishes are good for treating stomach and liver problems mainly because they are powerful detoxifiers, meaning they help purify the blood and eliminate all wastes and toxins. From different scientific researches, they have been proven to be very useful in treating Jaundice as they remove bilirubin and also ensure its stable production. In addition, radishes help reduce destruction of white blood cells (which happens to individuals suffering from jaundice) by increasing the oxygen supply in the blood. The most preferred type of radish one may use for treating Jaundice is the Black radish.
2. Urinary disorders
Radishes are diuretic in nature; meaning, they increase the amount of urine being produced. The juice extracted from radishes also cures inflammation and relieves the burning sensation during urination. Furthermore, they also clean out the kidneys and urinary system thus help in treatment of urinary conditions brought about by excess toxins in the urinary system.
3. Cardiovascular conditions
Radishes are the best source of anthocyanin, which is a type of flavonoids that not only gives color to radishes but also provides a lot of health benefits. Anthocyanin have been subjected to numerous medical studies and have been positively linked to reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. In addition, they have shown anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Since radishes are powerful detoxifiers and are rich in folic, vitamin C and anthocyanin, they have been directly connected to treating different types of cancer; particularly the colon, intestinal, stomach, kidney and oral cancer. Studies done on radishes also show that they also contain high amounts of antioxidants and isothocyanates which alter the genetic pathways of cancerous cells leading to their death or making them incapable of reproducing.
This vegetable is great roughage that the digestive tract can benefit from. This facilitates the digestion process, helps in water retention and fixes constipation – which are major causes of piles. With its detoxifying properties, it also helps heal symptoms of piles quickly. Its juice smoothens the digestive and excretory system relieving symptoms related to piles.
6. Weight loss
They are very filling. Meaning, they satisfy one’s hunger without running up his/her calorie count. They also contain low digestible carbohydrates, high roughage and lots of water; making it a good dietary option for anyone determined to lose weight. Furthermore, they have a high fiber and low glycemic index meaning they boost the bowel movements and enhances the body’s metabolic rate thus plays an important role in weight loss.
7. Skin benefits
Putting the weight loss benefits aside, Radishes contain a lot of nutrients such as vitamin B, C, Zinc, phosphorus and so on that benefit the skin. In addition, the high water content found in radishes keeps the skin smooth and hydrated. Furthermore, it has disinfectant properties that clear up problems such as skin rashes, cracks and dry skin. When raw radish is smashed, it can also be used as a face pack and cleanser.
8. Respiratory disorder
Since radishes are anti-congestive, they help in reducing congestion in the respiratory system as well as combat irritation caused by infections, colds or allergies. In addition, the high amount of vitamins found in radishes also help in protection against infections.
Apart from the above health benefits, radishes also work as good appetizers, mouth and breath fresheners, laxatives and metabolism regulators. Individuals whose diets are usually supplemented by radish will undoubtedly see an improvement in their blood circulation as well as treatment of other medical conditions such as dyspepsia, gastric problems, gall stones, sore throat, whooping cough, nausea, obesity, headaches, acidity and many more health problems.
Start Eating Better
Cleansing out our system can do our bodies some good from time to time. If you are like many people who think they have no time to eat healthy, then you need to try harder. It does not really take that much extra time to get at least one meal a day that contains some fruits and vegetables for that extra boost. There are also some very inventive ways to cook radish and serve it up to family and friends. If you are really a busy body, then juicing is something that would probably better serve your needs. Take the time to treat your body right and it will return the favor down the road.