The Health Benefits of Horseradish

Horse Radish

While horseradish is native to European and Asian countries,  it is a popular condiment and food source worldwide.  With is sharp and spicy flavor-because of its high content of mustard oil-people use this condiment as a sandwich spread, as an ingredient in sauces and marinades.  It makes an excellent sauce when you want to have a shrimp cocktail.  It is even added to Bloody Mary drinks to give it an extra kick.  While horseradish is used around the world for many gourmet dishes, the use of this condiment dates back to the ancient Greeks where it was used as a medicinal herb to treat many health conditions and ailments because of its many health benefits.

Health Benefits

Horseradish is good for your heart because it is an effective tool in lowering blood pressure. It is a natural blood thinner. When you have high levels of bad cholesterol in your bloodstream, your arteries get clogged up with fatty buildup. This causes high blood pressure, because your heart has to work faster to move the blood through the arteries. This in turn can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Drinking beetroot juice can reduce the amount of bad cholesterol. Therefore it also can reduce the chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.

Horseradish is an excellent source of calcium. Some individuals do not get enough dairy into their diet. Some people just do not like drinking that glass of milk. Others are lactose intolerant and cannot have any dairy products. By including a tablespoon of horseradish-which contains over 8 milligrams in one tablespoon- n your daily diet, you are helping your body by increasing bone density.

When you have a daily diet that does not contain enough potassium you run the risk of getting high blood pressure.  Even if you have a healthy blood pressure, you want to be able to maintain it by eating food that is high in potassium.  With 37 milligrams of potassium per tablespoon, horseradish is a heart healthy choice for you.

Horseradish contains antibiotic and diuretic properties.  These properties are excellent in fighting the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections.  Even if you are do not have the signs and symptoms of a UTI, taking a tablespoon helps flush the bacteria that is building up in your urinary track.

If you are suffering from water retention, try this recipe:

Grate an ounce of horseradish root into two cups of boiling water.  Add two tablespoons of crushed mustard seed,  Remove the pan from the burned and allow it to cool.  Strain the liquid into a jar or bottle with a lid.  Take up to three tablespoons, up to three times a day.


Horseradish contains anti-inflammatory properties.  If you suffer from joint due to arthritis, you can apply horseradish directly to the affected joints for immediate relief.  Even when you consume horseradish, the spicyness of it helps speed up the blood flow through your circulatory system and helps reduce inflammation.

Horseradish is effective in clearing up your clogged sinuses.  All you need to do is consume a teaspoon of horseradish sauce.  Make sure you have a tissue nearby because this spicy sauce works almost immediately in loosening the secretions that are blocking up your sinuses.

With some many viruses flying around, you want to do anything to prevent yourself from getting sick. Horseradish plays a crucial role in boosting the immune system by stimulating the growth of leukocytes and phagocytes.  These two antibiotics are necessary in fighting infections in your body.  By including horseradish in your daily diet, you are protecting yourself from many illnesses.  Since horseradish is an excellent source of Vitamin C, this condiment will come in handy during cold and flu season.

Horseradish as a Natural Health Remedy


The horseradish plant can grow to be over three feet tall with green leaves.  However, only the roots of this plant are used to prepare when it comes to making condiments, to teas, tinctures and extracts.


Freckles and Age Spots


Cut a 5 inch piece of root and grate it up.  Add it to a cup of apple cider vinegar.  Add this mixture to a jar or bottle with a lid.  Let the mixture steep for two weeks, shaking it 2-3 times a day.  After the two weeks are done strain the mixture into another jar.  Apply the horseradish/vinegar mixture to age spots and freckles two to three times a day.  After two weeks, you will notice those age spots and freckles will fade considerably.


Kidney and Digestive Problems


Horesradish contains diuretic properties.  If you suffer from kidney stones and love the occasional glass of white wine, try this recipe to flush your kidneys and to make them stronger.  Fill a wine glass with white wine.  It is best to use wine that is made from grapes.  If you are unsure of which wine to use, go to your local liquor store and ask for wines from wineries from the Finger Lakes region.  One excellent choice would be Glenora wines.  Cut three to five small slices of horseradish root and put it in the glass of wine.  Seal the glass with Press and Seal saran Wrap and allow it to sit overnight.  Drink the wine the next day.  It is best to drink it as soon as you wake up.  However, if you are unable to drink it right away, it is fine to drink it later on in the day before you eat dinner.

While you are drinking this to help your kidneys, you are also helping your digestive system at the same time.  Just a ¼ inch piece of root goes a long way in relieving symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, gas, bloating, and nausea. It is also effective in treating irritable bowel syndrome. People your experience a loss of appetite whether through illness or other reasons, including horseradish will help stimulate the appetite.  You can also add grated horseradish root in a cup of milk.


Bronchitis and Coughs


Horseradish root is odorless until you slice it.  Like the onion, it will make your eyes water and nose run.  While this seems to be a nuisance, it comes in handy if you suffer from coughs due to bronchitis and coughs.

By slicing up the root and putting the slices on your neck and around your chest when you go to bed, you will find that your bronchitis eases up while you sleep.

For coughs, make a syrup by grating an inch long piece of horseradish into a small pot.  Add enough water to barely cover the horseradish.  Add a teaspoon of honey.  Cover the pan and bring to a boil.  Reduce to medium and cook for five minutes.  Stir the mixture and add more honey, a teaspoon at a time.  Then enjoy!  Make sure that you do not take more than six teaspoons of horseradish syrup a day to treat your cough.


An Excellent Tincture to Prevent Scars


Grate four tablespoons of horseradish root and add it toa cup of 100-proof vodka,  Allow it to sit for twenty minutes.  Strain it to remove the pulp.  Using a cloth or paper towel, squeeze the pulp to extract the juice.  Add this juice with the alcohol.  Add one cup of water to the alcohol.  Store this tincture with a jar with a lid.  Apply the tincture to cuts and scrapes several times a day to prevent infections and scarring.


Where to Purchase Horseradish


Virtually all grocery stores carry horseradish.  You can find it in the aisle that sells condiments.  If you have a green thumb, you can easily grow horseradish in your backyard garden, cut up the white root and make your own sauces.  Many health food stores sell horseradish in a capsule form.  This is for those people who want the benefits of horseradish but want to do without the spicy taste. 




Some people may be allergic to horseradish.  If you are allergic to radishes avoid horseradish.  Also, if you are allergic to cabbage or broccoli, avoid taking horseradish since this belongs to the same family as cabbage and broccoli.

While small doses of horseradish is fine, avoid taking high dosages because doing so can cause upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.

Avoid taking horseradish if you are pregnant or nursing.

Avoid taking horseradish if you have stomach ulcers.

Before you use horseradish to treat any health ailments, talk to your doctor. Even though it is safe to take, it may interact with medications and vitamins you are already taking.


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