Published: 07/09/2018 - Updated: 01/22/2019
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
The radish belongs to the Cruciferous vegetable family. Egyptians have eaten this spicy vegetable for 4,000 years, perhaps because the big secret about this vegetable is that it contains sulfur compounds considered to be powerful antioxidants that help prevent aging and sickness. There are several different radish varieties, but they always have a slightly spicy flavor.
Healing and nourishing properties of Radishes
Fiber and carbon moisture are the main components of radishes. They have very few calories because they contain a lot of water. Vitamin C is especially prevalent in radishes, which acts as an antioxidant, and takes part in collagen, tooth, and bone formation. It also helps to produce red and white blood cells, and aids in iron and calcium absorption. Vitamin C also prevents and helps eliminates all types of infectious illnesses, since it strengthens the immune system.
Radishes are full of minerals such as potassium and iodine, which are present in large quantities. They also contain calcium and phosphorous, and magnesium to a lesser extent. Potassium is an indispensable mineral for nerve impulse transmission and generation. It’s also necessary for normal muscular activity, and is involved in moisture equilibrium both within and without cells. Iodine is necessary for proper thyroid function, which regulates metabolism and is involved in the growth process. Magnesium is involved in proper intestine function as it produces a natural, gentle laxative effect. It’s present in nerves and muscles, and forms part of bone structures.
The oils found in the spicy radishes roots create a penetrating effect on clearing mucus and phlegm.
Radishes contain quite a bit of sulfur, which is an antioxidant mineral.
How to eat radishes
It’s very healthy to eat radishes in salads or juices. It is very important, however, not to eat radishes in excess, and to always try to eat them with another vegetable. Radishes can produce a very irritating effect on the body (even though it is natural). You can combine 2 or 3 radishes with a half liter of carrot or alfalfa juice. If your eyes water after drinking this it’s because your body was holding on to excess mucus. For an excellent cure from constipation, the flu, infections, inflammation, or just a general body cleansing, drink the juice of 2 lemons with 2 juiced radishes during the morning, and on an empty stomach. You can make this juice in the blender and add a bit of honey. Do this every other day, as long as you feel it’s good for you.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 01/22/2019
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