A crispy, peppery radish is the perfect springtime finger food and adds a tasty crunch to our salads. Sweet, juicy radishes can be long or round and colorfully red, purple, black or white. Also, they are full of health benefits.
8 Health Benefits of Radishes
- Reduces Kidney StonesCalcium oxalate in the urine is the component that helps to create kidney stones. A diet that includes radishes increases excretion of calcium oxalate, according to research.
- Detoxifying for the LiverThe liver’s job is to help cleanse toxins out of the body; when the liver is being overworked, toxins can accumulate in the liver. The Spanish black radish was found in a study to help with detoxification of acetaminophen (Paracetamol), a medication which can cause liver damage.
- Inhibits CancerIn one study, radishes were found to inhibit cancer cell growth and stimulated cancer cell death.
- Helpful for a Skin DiseaseThe chronic skin disease, vitiligo, is a disease that causes the skin to lose color, leaving white patches on the body. The research found that the paste of radish seeds is helpful in treating vitiligo. Grind the seeds, mix with vinegar and then apply on the white patches.
- Maybe helpful for DiabetesRadish juice is better than glibenclamide, an antidiabetic drug, according to research,as it possesses a hypoglycemic potential.
- High in Nutrients, Low in Calories
A handful of radishes (6 – 8) has only 5 calories! They have about 70 mg of potassium and many vitamins, minerals and even a little protein. Here is all the Radish Nutrient Data.
- Helpful for Weight LossBecause they are low in calories and high in fiber, radishes make great snacks.
- Can Reduce Blood PressureRadishes, being high in potassium, can help to reduce blood pressure.
Please Note: Radishes may contain goitrogens, which is found in Brassica and cruciferous vegetables. Goitrogens may cause thyroid dysfunction. There is no problem for those without a thyroid condition. Cooking makes the goitrogenic substances inactive.