The radish with its crispiness and the peppery taste makes a perfect finger food and adds a tasty crunch. Raw radishes are great in salads. Also, they make tasty pickles and even are tasty in a stir fry or soup. Juicy radishes can be long or round and colorfully red, black, white, purple, or black. And they are packed with health benefits.
8 Radish Health Benefits
- Great for Detoxifying the Liver
The liver’s job is to help cleanse toxins out of the body; in this process, toxins can accumulate in the liver so it needs a little help. Spanish Black Radish was found in a study, to help with detoxification of acetaminophen (Paracetamol), a medication which can cause liver damage.
2. Low in Calories and High in Nutrients
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.
3. Reduces Kidney Stones
Calcium oxalate in the urine is the component that helps to create kidney stones. A diet with radishes increases excretion of calcium oxalate according to research.
4. Beneficial for Weight Loss
Because they are low in calories and high in fiber radishes make great snacks.
5. Inhibits Cancer
In a study, radishes were found to inhibit cancer cell growth and prompted cancer cell death.
6. Can be helpful for Diabetes
Radish juice is better than glibenclamide, an antidiabetic drug according to research as it possesses a hypoglycemic potential.
7. Useful for a Skin Disease
The chronic skin disease, Vitiligo is a disease that causes the skin to lose colour leaving white patches on the body. Research found the paste of radish seeds to be helpful in treating vitiligo. Grind the seeds, mix with vinegar, and then apply on the white patches.
8. Can Decrease Blood Pressure
Radishes being high in potassium can help to reduce blood pressure.