Vegetables and Vegetables

Health Benefits of Radish

The radish (scientific name Raphanus sativus ) is a vegetable that has its origins in the Mediterranean region and has been used in cooking for a long time. It is found in Chinese book records dating from 2700 BC In Brazil, its consumption is not made in large quantities.

It consists of a small plant, belonging to the same family as kale and cabbage. The radish leaves are oval dark green, with red streaks.

This vegetable has a spicy or sweet taste, crunchy white flesh and has a large amount of juice. Its root is tuberous, with an elongated or rounded shape and can be found as white, red, purple or black radish.

Consumption includes leaves, flowers, seeds and pods. It can be eaten raw, in salads or cooked, as well as being preserved in vinegar. The seeds are used to make oil, as well as being useful for health-benefiting applications.

The properties of radish are numerous and its consumption brings many health benefits. It contains phosphorus, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, plus a small amount of calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium and folate. In addition, it has sulfur, substances that help prevent cancer.

RADISH BENEFITS

The radish has an expectorant action and prevents bleeding, in addition to having a calming effect and helping to hydrate the body. Find out what are the main benefits of this vegetable.

1. Contributes to the treatment of jaundice

Jaundice, caused by bilirubin (a yellowish substance produced by bile that accumulates in the body), can be treated with the consumption of radish.

This is because of the antioxidant action that radish has, reducing the red blood cells destroyed in the blood, causing a purification. In this way, the toxins that make the skin yellow end up being eliminated from the body.

2.Helps to take care of urinary problems

As radish has a diuretic action, promoting greater urine release, the consumption of this vegetable makes the difficulty in urinating that some people suffer from to be improved. In addition, it prevents the appearance of infections and causes the healing of inflammation, making the burning felt when urinating to be eliminated.

3. Take care of heart health

Intake of radish reduces homocysteine, which is a substance that increases the chances of developing cardiovascular problems. It also contains anthocyanins which, in their antioxidant action, are also associated with the reduction of this type of disease.

4. Benefits the respiratory system

The radish has vitamins that are essential to protect the respiratory system from colds, allergies and infections, reducing nasal, lung and tracheal irritation. Other benefits are relief from sore throats and reduction of excessive mucus.

5. Improves bowel function

The consumption of radish causes an improvement in bowel movements, relieving constipation. That’s because it has a large amount of fiber, which also helps fight loose bowels.

6. Help in fighting cancer

In radish is found a compound known as isothiocyanate. This compound has already been studied and is pointed out as a substance that significantly contributes to fighting some types of cancer. This is because this compound helps to destroy harmful cells.

7. Helps reduce fever

In addition to relieving fever and balancing body temperature, radish helps fight infections that can result in fever. To enjoy this benefit, it is recommended to drink radish juice with black salt.

8. It has antioxidant action

The radish has substances that have antioxidant action, such as lutein and zexanthin. These substances help fight the action of free radicals, which can cause disease by causing damage to cells.

Free radicals also reduce the body’s defenses as they weaken the immune system. Therefore, it is important to consume foods that have antioxidant action, such as radishes, which help neutralize these substances and prevent the body from being harmed.

9.Protects liver health

When consuming the radish, benefits for the liver are found. That’s because its consumption helps regulate the production of bile, acids and enzymes. Another important factor is that it helps to remove excess bilirubin from the blood, protecting the body from ulcers and infections.

10. Treats insect bites

Radish has antipruritic properties and, for this reason, can be used to effectively treat insect and bee stings. It works by reducing swelling and pain in the area that has been bitten.

11. Prevents diabetes and helps with weight loss

The reason this vegetable benefits the health of people with diabetes is because it has a low glycemic index, slowing down digestion, preventing spikes or drops in blood glucose.

The radish also has a low amount of calories (about 23 calories per 100 gram serving) and is rich in fiber that, when eaten, makes the feeling of fullness be maintained longer. For this reason, calorie intake will be reduced as appetite will be better controlled. This leads to another of the benefits of radish: it helps you lose weight.

12.Improves skin health

Radish has several important components for the maintenance of skin health, such as phosphorus, iron, vitamin C. For this reason, it has disinfectant properties, helping to prevent and treat skin dryness, in addition to preventing the appearance of skin rashes.

Vitamin A helps to keep not only your skin more beautiful and healthier, but also your nails and hair. Vitamin C, on the other hand, helps to increase the production of collagen and elastin, which are fibers that make the skin smooth and youthful looking.

Another benefit of vitamin C is the prevention of cellulite and stretch marks.

Its use for this purpose is done with the use of radish water, which keeps the skin moist and leaves it with a healthier appearance.

RADISH: CULTIVATION

Regarding how to plant radish, it is not a complicated task. Planting should preferably be done in regions with a cold or temperate climate, with the southern region of Brazil being the most appropriate. In regions where the climate is warmer, the ideal is for planting to be done from April to June.

The soil must be clayey and well fertilized. Irrigation should be done abundantly and frequently. The ideal is to carry out sowing every five days when the season is favorable.

The growth takes place between 55 to 60 days. In order for the radish to become more crunchy and tasty, it is recommended that the harvest be done quickly.

HOW TO MAKE RADISH

To consume the radish, there is no need for it to be peeled. The most common way to use this vegetable is raw, then cut into slices to be served in salads.

The radish salad can be served with tomatoes, cucumbers and celery. In addition, it can be eaten cooked, which reduces the spicy taste of the vegetable.

Another way to consume radish is as a snack, then combined with fillings and sauces. The leaves can also be used, placed in stir-fries, soups or in the stuffing of cookies or pies.

RADISH: RECIPES

Here’s how to prepare some practical recipes that use radish as the main ingredient.

ROASTED RADISH

Ingredients

  • 200g of radishes
  • 1 tablespoon of oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • ground black pepper
  • Sea salt

Preparation mode

  1. Preheat oven to 220º.
  2. Cut the onion into thin strips and the radishes into four pieces. Then chop the rosemary and place it in a skillet along with the radish and onion.
  3. Add the oil and season with black pepper and salt.
  4. Bake and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the oven. Remove when the radish is lightly browned and al dente.
  5. To finish, sprinkle with rosemary and fresh thyme and serve afterwards. ]

RADISH SOUP WITH MANIOC

Ingredients

  • 1 radish
  • 1 leaf of cabbage
  • 1/2 cassava
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 liter of vegetable stock (without fat)
  • 1/2 tablespoons of fresh herbs

Preparation mode

  1. Chop the cabbage and grate the radish, carrots and cassava.
  2. Put the vegetable stock in a pan and bring it to a boil.
  3. Add herbs and other ingredients and cook over low heat until tender.
  4. Heat the vegetable stock in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the other ingredients and cook over low heat until softened.

RADISH JUICE

Radish juice is an excellent choice to help detoxify your kidneys.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of radish
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 celery stalk

Preparation mode

  1. Wash the ingredients well and chop them.
  2. Then put everything to blend in a blender.
  3. Drink afterwards and, if you prefer, add ice cubes.

 

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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