In North America, radishes are a vegetable that has most often been relegated to dressing up a salad or a vegetable tray. A little bit of research about radishes has revealed that there is definitely more to a radish than meets the eye! Did you know that radishes are part of that incredibly healthy cruciferous family of vegetables, along with broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and others? I was surprised!
Here are 10 great reasons to make radishes a permanent item on your shopping list;
- Antioxidant value: While the red of common radishes gives a salad a nice splash of color, there really is more value here than most people realize. The color is from a pigment called anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant. Antioxidants are valuable for our health because they neutralize free radicals that damage our cells and cause problems that could lead to such illnesses as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
- Anti-inflammatory: As with all cruciferous vegetables, radishes have anti-inflammatory properties. It is important to reduce inflammation, as it is thought to be the root cause of many of today’s common illnesses.
- Contain vitamins and minerals:
- Potassium – helps with the body’s fluid balance and blood pressure
- Calcium – necessary for bones, muscles, skin, nails and hair.
- Magnesium – important for muscle and nerve function, bones and the immune system.
- Vitamin A – an antioxidant; needed for the eyes, hair, skin and mucous membranes
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant, and needed for rebuilding blood vessels and tissues, and keeping bones and teeth healthy.
- Zinc – necessary for biochemical reactions in our body, the immune system and healing of wounds.
- Phosphorous – works with calcium to strengthen the bones
- Detoxifier: Radishes stimulate bile production in the liver, which enables the liver to get rid of wastes and toxins. They also have antibacterial and antifungal properties.
- High in fiber: Radishes contain fiber, which can help with constipation and maintaining a healthy body weight.
- Beneficial for urinary disorders: Radishes are a natural diuretic, and help to clean out the kidneys.
- Beneficial for the skin due to the vitamin and mineral content, particularly B vitamins, zinc and phosphorous.
- Helpful in decreasing congestion in the respiratory system.
- Blood sugar balancing: Radishes don’t spike blood sugar levels and help slow the absorption of sugar by the blood – helpful for diabetics.
- High water content in radishes help the body stay hydrated, which is important for almost all of our systems
In the realm of health and nutrition – radishes are a vegetable that seems to be sorely undervalued! The nutrient content, anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidant value can all have significant positive impact on a person’s health (and those are just a few of the benefits).
There are many varieties of radish to choose from, including white, red, purple or black. They come in either round or a long cylinder shape. Amazingly enough, radishes can be braised, roasted or pickled, as well as eaten raw.
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