20 Surprising Benefits Of Radish

Radishes are a root crop and are juicy, pungent or sweet in taste. They can be white, red, purple or black, and in terms of shape, they can be long and cylindrical or round. They are eaten raw, cooked or pickled. The oil obtained from the seeds of radish is used in a number of products and beneficial health applications.

What is Radish?

The parts of radishes that are commonly consumed are the leaves, flowers, pods, and seeds. The scientific name of radish is Raphanus Sativus which belongs to the Brassicaceae family. Radish is also known as daikon in some parts of the world, primarily in Asian markets.

Health Benefits of Radish

The benefits of radishes in the treatment or prevention of certain ailments and on certain body parts are listed below:

Treats Jaundice

Radishes are very good for the liver and stomach, and they act as a powerful detoxifier too. They purify the blood and eliminate toxins and waste. They are extremely useful in treating jaundice because they remove bilirubin and also keep its production at a stable level. Radishes also reduce the destruction of red blood cells that happens in people suffering from jaundice by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen to the blood. Black radishes are more preferred in the treatment of jaundice, and radish leaves are also very useful in the treatment.

Prevents Piles

Radishes are considered roughage, which means that they are composed of indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion, water retention, and fixes constipation, which is one of the major causes of piles. As such, a good detoxifier, they help heal the symptoms of piles very quickly. Radish juice also soothes the digestive and excretory system, further relieving the symptoms of piles.

Treats Urinary Disorders

Radishes are diuretic in nature, which means that they increase the production of urine. Juice from radishes also cures inflammation and the burning feeling during urination. It cleans out the kidneys and inhibits infections in the kidneys and urinary system, thus helping the treatment of various urinary conditions that are exacerbated by excess toxins in the system.

Weight Loss

Radishes are very filling, which mean that they satisfy your hunger without running up your calorie count. They are also low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage, and contain a lot of water, thus becoming a very good dietary option for those who are determined to lose weight. Furthermore, they are high in fiber and low on the glycemic index, which means that they increase regular bowel movements, which helps in weight loss, and increases the efficiency of the metabolism for all bodily processes.Radish

Improves Cardiovascular System

Radishes are a great source of anthocyanins, a type of flavonoids, which not only give color to radishes but also provide numerous health benefits. Anthocyanins have been the subject of numerous medical studies, and have been positively linked to reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases. They have also displayed anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Treats Cancer

Since radishes are detoxifiers and are rich in vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins, they have been connected to treating many types of cancer, particularly colon, kidney, intestinal, stomach, and oral cancer. Radishes are part of the Brassica family, and like the other members of that taxonomic classification, these cruciferous vegetables are packed with antioxidants. Furthermore, the isothiocyanates found in radishes have a major impact on the genetic pathways of cancerous cells. They alter the pathways so much, that they can cause apoptosis, cell death, thereby eliminating cancerous cells from reproducing.

Treats Leucoderma

The detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties of radishes make them useful in the treatment of Leucoderma. The radish seeds are used in this treatment method. They should be powdered and soaked in vinegar, ginger juice, or cows urine and then applied on the white patches. You can eat radishes as well to aid the treatment of Leucoderma.

Aids in Digestion

Radishes are very high in fiber, which means that they add considerable bulk to bowel movements, which promotes regular excretory patterns and relieves the symptoms of constipation. They can also help to firm up loose bowels and get rid of loose stool or diarrhea. Furthermore, radishes are known to promote the production of bile. Bile is one of the most important parts of good digestion, and also helps to protect both the liver and gallbladder.

Treats Respiratory Disorders

Radishes are an anti-congestive, meaning that they decrease congestion of the respiratory system including irritation of the nose, throat, windpipe, and lungs that can come from colds, infections, allergies, and other causes. They are a great disinfectant and rich in vitamins, which further protects the respiratory system from infections.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Radishes are a very good source of potassium, which contributes to a large list of health benefits. Potassium has been positively connected to reducing blood pressure because when it interacts with the arterial supply of vascular beds, it can relax the blood vessels, and therefore increase blood flow. It reduces the blood pressure by widening the flow of the blood, instead of forcing it through narrow, constricted channels.

Controls Diabetes

Radishes have long been known to have a low glycemic index, which means that eating a radish does not impact blood sugar levels. They also help to regulate the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, meaning that diabetics don’t have to worry as much about sudden spikes or drops when eating, or being away from food for a certain amount of time.

Skin Care

Vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc, and some members of the vitamin-B complex, present in radishes, are good for the skin. The water in radishes also helps to maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin. Smashed raw radish is a good cleanser and serves as an efficient face pack. Due to its disinfectant properties, radishes also help clear up skin disorders like dry skin, rashes, and cracks.

Treats Fever

Radishes lower body temperature and relieve inflammation from fevers. A good method of intake is drinking radish juice mixed with black salt, and since they act as good disinfectants, radishes also fight infections that can cause fever.

Protects Kidneys

As a diuretic, cleanser, and disinfectant, radishes help in the treatment of many kidney disorders. The diuretic properties help wash away toxins accumulated in the kidneys and decrease the toxins in the blood. Their disinfectant properties protect the kidneys from any infections as well.Radish

Treats Insect Bites

Radishes have anti-pruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites and bee stings. Radish juice also reduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area.

Keeps you Hydrated

Radishes are mostly composed of water, and they are a great way to keep your body hydrated, which is very beneficial for your health. One of the most important parts of staying hydrated is the impact of water on the digestive system. Staying hydrated relieves constipation, improves digestion, and ensures proper uptake of nutrients from the food we eat.

Treats Respiratory Conditions

Radishes have a strong, natural spice to them, and they are also quite pungent, which is very good for preventing illnesses. They also eliminate excess mucus in the throat. Furthermore, radishes have been known to soothe sore throats and relieve congestion by clearing the sinuses.

Boosts Immunity

There are countless reasons why radishes are a good addition to your diet, but improving your immune system is one of the most important. A half cup of radishes per day in a salad or just as a snack is nearly 15% of your daily intake of vitamin C. Consistently maxing out your daily dose of vitamin C intake can rejuvenate your immune system by replacing many of the antioxidants and white blood cells which are integral in fighting off every illness from the common cold to cancer!

Vitamin C does not only boost your immune system, but it also is considered a super vitamin because of all the other high-impact effects it has on the body. It helps regulate your metabolism, which changes fat into usable energy, and it is the main contributor to the creation of collagen, which is an essential protein that strengthens blood vessel walls and reduces the chances of atherosclerosis and various heart diseases.

Protects Liver & Gallbladder

Radishes are especially beneficial for liver and gallbladder functions. They regulate production and flow of bile and bilirubin, acids, and enzymes. Furthermore, they also remove excess bilirubin from the blood and contain enzymes like myrosinase, diastase, amylase, and esterase. Regular consumption of radishes protects your liver and gallbladder from infections and ulcers.

Other Benefits

Apart from the benefits outlined above, radishes work as a good appetizer, mouth and breath freshener, laxative, and metabolism regulator. People who supplement their diet with a normal amount of radishes see an improvement in blood circulation, and radishes are a good treatment for headaches, acidity, constipation, nausea, obesity, sore throat, whooping cough, gastric problems, gallstones, and dyspepsia.

Finding it hard to digest everything you just read? Well, I suggest you have some slices of radish to get your stomach working properly, and perhaps make you hungry for even more nutrient-packed power food!

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Can Radish helps in Reducing Kidney Stones??

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hi Santhosh, For kidney stones we suggest you consult a health specialist before trying any home remedies.

Team Organic Facts

The Fraggles, Doozers, & Gorgs of Fraggle Rock base their cultures around radishes so what's good enough for them....

everything is here to heal us---we just have to know. just ate a few slices with my burrito!!

I love the taste of the round red radishes sliced like quarters with a little coarse sea salt! For me, that's all they need! Wonderful.

try with a lil lime and black salt....there's a twist .......

I notice your ARTICLE has pic of white radish only; are all the benefits set out in the article available in red radishes as well; I bought some red radishes for the first time yesterday (Oct. 5, 2016) an this is why I came online to check out the health benefits of using radishes.

I must be the only strange person on the planet Earth because I've been eating radishes my entire life just the same as I do cabbage jicama turnips celery apples cucumbers green onions broccoli all completely raw and plain with nothing to cover up the delicious Flavour of the natural vegetable. I figured if they were in the produce section they were meant to be eaten as often as possible! I do cook my onions and potatoes.

Me too. I always have red radishes and green cucumbers in my daily salad.

Marita Malvinsdottir Stenersen

Do cucumbers come in any other colour then green?

Im glad I purchased a bag of radishes from the Amish Mkt yesterday.

They also promote breast growth.

I just ordered a bag full for my lady friend 🙂

I researched pink Himalayan salt and don't use it anymore.

Why don't you use it anymore? I use regular coarse sea salt in a grinder.

I think it was something about what was in it, I just looked on Google and can't find the story I read but other people have talked about it. I found articles saying it was bad, good, and indifferent, now I am not sure what to believe. I am going to use what I have but not buy more as it is more expensive and I don't see how the trace amounts of good things is worth the price. It is pretty and different from what I was used to so I tried it. I use sea salt when I make pretzels.

I also use sea salt to clean any artificial flowers that I might have. I put them into a big rubbish bag, add sea salt and shake until the salt turns dirt colored and it removes dust and any cob webs. I shake out the salt and the flowers are fresh again.

Cathe Jones-Brunner

And all this time I just thought they just taste good. Now I'll be eating more!

Such bullcrap , anything that does this many things is a lie , maby a couple but its not a miracle veggie

Thanks for your good advises. I wanna know if the leaves of raddish turn yellow, then does it effect the raddish or its uses.

No (although I am a year late).

I sprout radish and eat a handful everyday. I've noticed that when I started doing this, the mucus in my nose and throat literally disappeared over night. After a while you get used to the spicy heat. Good article.

Stephanie, I was eating some radishes and decided to look up the health benefits. Thought you would find this interesting. It includes a chart that has most of the benefits listed.

My garden full of long radish peel it and have as salad .It is sweet and juicy.

This article is very enlightening. I've been suffering with edema and taking water pills and not happy taking them. I find I my skin is getting dehydrated. So I'm looking for healthier alternative to keep the edema at bay. Thanks for the info m

can you please tell me how much radish to eat per week for these things to be effective?

very good

As an ethenic cook I can vouch for the above benefits. Add to it please note that the Muli ka Namak (dried juice of Reddish) has been described as the best medicine foe liver deceases lioke jaundice etc and is used by Unani Docs to cure it. It always has definite good results.

metabolism boosters

It's an amazing paragraph in support of all the online viewers;

they will obtain benefit from it I am sure.

thank you so much its just today i bought a bunch of radish and tried to eat them,i will go for more!

Thanks for that information. Now I found a care for my mother's asthma.

Thanks for that information. Now I found a care for my mother's asthma.

I read this then tried eating them, but they do not taste too good. Does anyone have tips on making them taste better?

Did you eat the red or white radish? I have never tasted white but have eaten the red since my Dad grew them when I was a child, they taste delicious. Peppery.

Chop them up and add lemon and salt... delicous

My entire family loves them, but only with salt. It changes the flavor big time. Or try adding to your salad. With everything else in there you won't taste them as much. We love the round red ones. And the long white ones. The white are hotter than the red. Hope this helps.

Sprinkle black pepper powder and black salt on cut pieces of radish and squeeze lemon juice to make them taste better.

Ranch helps, its not the healthiest choice but in moderation it does help the taste 🙂

A mexican favorite is to put lime and salt on everything. These go great with radishes as a snack and they can mask the bitterness of the vegetable. They also might not taste too good for you by luck, because some radishes taste sweeter or more bitter than others.

I read this then tried eating them, but they do not taste too good. Does anyone have tips on making them taste better?

Ranch helps, its not the healthiest choice but in moderation it does help the taste 🙂

A mexican favorite is to put lime and salt on everything. These go great with radishes as a snack and they can mask the bitterness of the vegetable. They also might not taste too good for you by luck, because some radishes taste sweeter or more bitter than others.

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