The Health Benefits of Radishes

Radishes, or raphanus sativas, are root vegetables that belong to the mustard family. This vegetable originated in China but is very popular throughout the world. While the red variety is the most popular, radishes also come in black and white colors. Popular as an addition to many tossed salads, radishes should be included in our daily diets. People often overlook radishes because of its potent and pungent taste. You may not like radishes because of their strong and pungent taste. However, once you learn about the health benefits and nutritional content of radishes, you may change your mind.

The Health Benefits of Radishes

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Radishes contain high amounts of Vitamin C. We need this vitamin if we want all the organs in our bodies to be healthy. This Vitamin is necessary to protect ourselves from a wide variety of infections and illnesses. This vitamin helps increase the amount of folic acid in our bodies. Our bodies need folic acid in order to have healthy cells.  Expecting women need this acid to help prevent birth defects in their children. With over 1 milligram in one large radish, this is an excellent reason why you should include radishes in your daily diet.

Radishes are a major source of calcium and Vitamin K. If you want to have and maintain healthy bones and teeth, eating radishes is the way to go. By including radishes in your daily diet, you are lowering the risk of getting osteoporosis you age. Not only is calcium is necessary for strong bones and teeth, we also need it to lower the levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), otherwise known as the bad cholesterol. We also need calcium to keep our hearts going since it plays a role in electrical conduction in our hearts as well as making the muscles properly contract. Vitamin K is necessary if you want to have a healthy liver. This vitamin also plays a role in allowing the blood to clot normally.

Radishes are high in potassium and magnesium. This root vegetable is excellent if you are watching your blood pressure since both of these minerals play a role in lowering blood pressure. Our heart needs potassium since this mineral plays a role in maintaining heart rhythm.

Radishes are an excellent source of fiber. If you are constipated, eating a radish helps you become regular. If you include radishes in your daily diet, you mostly likely will never become constipated since these vegetables also have high water content. The fiber in radishes also plays a role in lowering blood pressure.

Radishes are an excellent source of copper. If you want to prevent your hair from getting gray prematurely, include radishes in your daily diet.

Radishes are high in iron. Not only does this vegetable increase the number of red blood cells and make them stronger, it improves the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. If you suffer from anemia, eating radishes will help build up your red blood cell count.

Radishes are also high in zinc. If you want to maintain good eyesight and prevent conditions such as myocardial infarction include radishes in your daily diet.

Radishes play a major role in improving liver function by removing the toxins from your body. It even removes kidney stones and prevents crystals from forming in the urinary tract because of its diuretic properties.

To get all the nutritional benefits of radishes, it is best to eat them raw. While some people may be able to eat the root by itself, the pungent taste may be too much for some. Therefore, you can chop them up and add it with other garden vegetables to make a delicious salad. You can also blend with other fruits and vegetables and make a juice.

If you take anticoagulants talk to your doctor, since the Vitamin K found in radishes may reduce the effectiveness of these drugs.


    1. Lois Ryan Post author

      They also are related to each other and carry a majority of the same benefits

  1. Tania K Cowling

    Wow, I can’t believe all the nutrients that radishes have! I tend to use them occasionally in salads. My daughter-in-law grows them in her garden and even cooks them. They were better than I expected when roasted.

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