Most of us dismiss the radishes when doing our weekly grocery shopping because there’s no kidding, those vegetables (especially the white variety that look like fat, faded carrots) are a little intimidating to the eye if you asked me , and especially when they are just lying there in their white glory. I used to be one of those radish dismissers but I’m going to fill you in on their nutritional and health benefits and then you can let me know whether you will be buying your grocer’s entire supply of radishes in the future or whether you will continue to dismiss them like the enemy.
The top 10 benefits of including Radish in your diet
1. They regulate blood pressure
Radishes contain anti-hypertensive properties that help regulate blood pressure. They also help maintain the sodium-potassium balance in the body thus keeping blood pressure under control.
2. Lower cancer risk
Radishes contain anthocyanins ans phytochemicals that have carcinogenic properties. They also contain vitamin C which works by helping prevent free radical damage to your DNA inside the cells thus preventing cancer.
3. Good for diabetics
Radishes are high in fiber and have a low Glycemic Index which help to keep insulin levels in check as they don’t cause blood sugar levels to rise.
4.Good for Asthmatics
Radishes possess anti-congestive properties which make them beneficial for those with respiratory issues. They are also said to help fight allergies especially those related to the respiratory system and also protect the respiratory lining against further infections.
5. Helps beat cough and cold
Are you colds-prone? Fret not! The anti-congestive properties mentioned above help in clearing mucus that gets formed in the throat. Radish is also a “superfood” that improves your immunity thus reducing your chances of constant colds and coughs.
6. Keep your kidneys healthy
Radishes are natural diuretics and because of this they work by eliminating toxins from the body acting as a natural cleanser.
7. Helps with jaundice recovery
For the same reason that radishes are a natural diuretic, your liver benefits majorly as radishes help eliminate toxins from it. Radishes also work by regulating the amount of bilirubin in the blood and increasing the oxygen supply in the body helping to monitor the destruction of red blood cells that jaundice causes.
8. Helps fight constipation
Radishes are not only high in fiber which helps clear the food stuck in your colon but also help facilitate the secretion of digestive juices and bile which work wonders on your digestive system.
9. Aids in weight loss
With their high fiber content that promote satiety coupled with their low calorie nature, included in your diet, radishes are perfect if you need to shed off some unwanted fat.
10. Works as an anti-ageing agent
Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, you need radish to prevent your skin from free radical damage.
Eat them raw or add them to your healthy vegetable recipe, the choice is yours! Just don’t snub them anymore.