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10 Amazing Benefits of Radishes

Edited By: Sheldon O'Riley
 You’ve probably eaten a radish before, but they are often overlooked when it comes to side dishes, salads, and main courses. Well, it’s about time that all this changed as radishes offer us a plethora of health benefits. Below, you can find 10 such benefits.
 

 

 

1. Helps Prevent Cancer

Since radishes are rich in anthocyanins, folic acid, and vitamin C, they can help prevent many types of cancers, including kidney, colon, stomach, and oral cancer. Radishes are part of the Brassica family, and just like with other members of this taxonomic classification, these cruciferous vegetables are full of antioxidants. Furthermore, the isothiocyanates found in radishes have a have a major impact on the pathway of cancerous cells – they alter the pathways so much that they can cause apoptosis (cell death), thereby preventing cancerous cells from reproducing.

2. Treats Jaundice

Radishes are great for the stomach and liver as they act as a powerful detoxifier. This means that they help to purify the blood by eliminating toxins and waste. They are extremely useful at treating jaundice because they help to remove bilirubin and keep its production at a stable level. Furthermore, radishes help to decrease the destruction of red blood cells, which is a common symptom in those suffering from jaundice.

3. Treats Urinary Disorders

Radishes are diuretic, which means that they increase the production of urine. Radish juice can also cure inflammation and the burning feeling during urination that occurs when you have a UTI. They inhibit infections in the kidneys and urinary system, thus helping to treat various urinary conditions that are exacerbated by excess toxins in the body.

4. Helps with Weight Loss

Radishes are filling, which means that they satisfy your hunger without increasing your calorie count. To add to this, they are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage, and contain a lot of water, thus they are a great dietary option for those who want to lose weight. If this wasn’t enough, they are also high in fiber, meaning they increase regular bowel movements, which helps with weight loss, and increases the body’s metabolism.

5. Lowers Blood Pressure

Radishes are a great source of potassium. This nutrient has been linked to reducing blood pressure because when it interacts with the arterial supply of vascular beds, it relaxes the blood vessels, and increases blood flow. In other words, it reduces blood pressure by widening the arteries, allowing blood to flow through without restrictions.

 

6. Treats Respiratory Disorders

Radishes are anti-congestive, meaning that they’re able to decrease congestion of the respiratory system that arises due to allergies, colds, and infections.

7. Treats Skin Disorders

Radishes contain phosphorous, vitamin C, and zinc, which are good for the skin. Furthermore, the water in radishes helps to maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin. Smashed raw radishes are a great cleanser and serve as an efficient face pack. To add to this, due to their disinfectant properties, radishes can also clear up skin disorders such as rashes, cracks, and dry skin.

8. Controls Diabetes

It’s well-known that radishes have a low glycemic index, which means that eating them does not impact blood sugar levels. It also helps to regulate the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, meaning that diabetics don’t have to worry as much about sudden drops or spikes when eating.

9. Boosts Your Immune System

Half a cup of radishes per day is 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Consistently getting your regular dose of vitamin C can rejuvenate your immune system by replacing many of the antioxidants and white blood cells that are vital for fighting off every illness from the common cold to cancer.

10. Treats Insect Bites

Radishes have anti-pruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites and stings. Radish juice helps to reduce the pain and swelling in the affected area.

 

Source: organicfacts
Images: depositphotos

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