The humble radish (or Raphanus sativus) is a root vegetable that has been domesticated and consumed all over the world. It’s a veggie that is low in calories and fat, and filled with nutrients and vitamins that are essential for a healthy diet. Here are 12 reasons why the radish should not be overlooked as a superfood.
12 Ways That Radishes Are A Superfood
1. Fights Jaundice
Radishes are great at fighting jaundice, a condition that causes the skin to take on a yellowish-pigmentation. Radishes remove the billrubin that builds up in the skin, and keeps it’s production at a stable level. It also increases the supply of fresh oxygen to the blood, which is helpful in preventing the destruction of red blood cells.
2. Treatment of Urinary Disorders
Radishes are a natural diuretic, which means that they increase the production of urine in the body. This helps the body flush out unwanted toxins and keeps the kidneys and urinary tract clean.
3. Skin Disorders
Radishes have a variety of minerals that are great for the skin, including vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc and B-vitamins. In addition, the high water content of radishes are perfect for helping to maintain hydration, and smooth, moisturized skin.
4. Good Bone Health
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Radishes are a rich source of calcium, which is critical for bone health and good teeth. It can be hard to find good levels of calcium in root vegetables, which is where radishes stand out as a vitamin-rich food.
5. An Immunity Booster
Fresh radish is rich in the powerful antioxidants; vitamin C and carotenoids. These antioxidants are needed by the body to maintain energy, vitality, and a protection against disease.
6. Reduces Blood Pressure
Radishes are high in potassium, which is a mineral that is associated with reducing blood pressure in the body. It’s able to do so by dilating blood vessels, and promoting blood flow through these vessels.
7. Promotes Digestion
Radishes are a natural cleansing food for the digestive system, since they break down and eliminate food that remains stagnant in the system. When radishes break them down, the body is able to eliminate them from the system.
8. Helps Cardiovascular health
Radishes get their distinct colour from a type of flavonoid called anthocyanin, which have been positively linked to reducing cardiovascular disease. As heart disease is the primary cause of death in America,
9. Fights Cancer
Research carried out at India’s Jawaharial Nehru Technological University found that in laboratory tests that radishes effectively kill cancer cells. Radishes also contain an isothiocyanate antioxidant called sulforaphane that has been proven to prevent various cancer forms including prostate, breast, colon and ovarian.
10. Aids Respiration
Radishes act as a natural decongestant, which makes it particularly useful for clearing up bronchial congestion, sinus infections and asthma.
11. Promotes Weight Loss
Radishes are low carbohydrates but high in water, which makes them a vegetable that fills you up, but doesn’t actually contain many filling properties. This makes it a great snack to eat for people who are trying to lose weight, or for anyone who needs a little guilt-free snack to get them through the afternoon.
12. Natural Coolant
Radishes are a refreshing vegetable that is widely regarded for its ability to decrease excess heat in the body by providing water and a pungent flavor.
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