Serve them raw, roast them, slice them, pickle them, or throw ’em in tacos. They are crunchy, zingy, and peppery. Did you know this veggie actually gives your health quite a boost? The radish is seen as a superfood. It is packed with vitamin C. The benefits of this superfood can be obtained by consuming not only the radish roots but also the flowers, leaves, and seeds. Radishes are great at detoxifying the body, as well as improving the liver and stomach functions. Look at all these benefits. . .
Radishes have anti-congestive properties, which help clear the mucus from your throat and respiratory tract. With winter months looming, this root veggie can help you fight the ailments of coughs and flu.
Red radishes are packed with Vitamins A, E, C, B6, and K. Plus it’s high in antioxidants, fiber, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, calcium, iron, and manganese. And each of these is known to keep our body in good working condition and give your whole body an immunity boost. Antioxidants and anthocyanins mean that it’s quite good for your heart as well. Of course, you have to have this veggie regularly to gain benefits in the long term.
Radishes are full of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion issues. One cup of sliced radishes gives you about 2 grams of fiber. So eating a couple of these for snacks during the day can bring you closer to your recommended daily fiber intake of 25g – 30g. Remember, anything that is good for the digestive system, is good for weight loss.
Regulates blood pressure
Rich in potassium, radishes can help keep blood pressure under control by maintaining the sodium-potassium balance in the body. This anti-hypertensive property is the reason why everybody should have enough radishes in winter months, when high blood pressure issues gets worse, if not taken care of.
Apart from all the vitamins in radishes, they also have phosphorous and zinc. These, when combined, can help get rid of dryness, acne, and rashes. What’s more, radishes also have a high water content, and keep the body naturally hydrated. Have enough of these, and you’ll have glowing skin all winter.
Don’t Forget the Leaves!
Surprisingly, it’s the radish leaves that are nutrient-packed, so avoid the pre-bagged radishes and just grab a fresh bunch. Incorporate radish leaves into a meal each day. The leaves contain more essential nutrients than the radishes themselves! Even better, they’re a lot more versatile: throw them in a salad, smoothie, salsa or guacamole, stir-fry or soup.
Let’s face it: eating healthy isn’t cheap. But radishes won’t sink your budget. And they tend to last much longer in your fridge than other produce.
Hint: cut the leaves off as soon as you get them home, or they won’t keep. Put your radishes and the leaves in two separate bags, and keep them in the crisper drawer of your fridge.