Radishes offer a peppery, satisfying crunch with every bite. Thus they have a place in the hearts of veggie lovers. Radishes are cousins to cabbage, and they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.
In the U.S., the average large radish is red and round with a glistening white interior and roughly the size of a ping pong or golf ball. Another type is the creamy white daikon, and a winter radish, while the red ones proliferate in the spring. Originally radish was black. Other varieties come in pink, dark grey, purple, two-tone green and white, and yellow colors.
Health Benefits of Radishes
Radishes are a very good source of vitamin C, in fact, they include 25% of the daily recommended intake. Which is good for rebuilding tissues and blood vessels, and keeping bones and teeth strong. Vitamin C also fights diseases and rescues the cells from the attack of destructive free radicals. This is done through electrolytes and natural antioxidant action of vitamin C, increasing the immunity of the body, and helping to fight against all kinds of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and stroke.
Some less prominent nutrients that support the health properties of radishes are folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium, as well as good amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium.
Radishes also contain fiber. Fiber keeps your system flushed and functioning with regularity and also helps in maintaining a healthy weight. These naturally-heated veggies may help put an end to any burning sensation you may experience during urination. Why may you ask? Because radish is a natural diuretic, and so it cleanses your kidney, as well as your urinary systems and thus it soothes inflammation.
Other health benefits
- Regulate blood pressure;
- Relieve congestion;
- Prevent respiratory problems, such as asthma or bronchitis;
- Have antibacterial, antifungal, and detoxifying properties;
- Contain compounds that soothe rashes, dryness, and other skin disorders;
Eating radishes can help in the removal of bilirubin, a condition evidenced by a yellow tinge in the skin, mucous membranes, or eyes, that is often present in babies. This type of jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up in bile faster than your liver can break it down and pass it through your body. While all that is happening, the beneficial properties of radishes also inhibit red blood cell damage by supplying fresh oxygen to your blood.