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Radishes: Unsung Antioxidant Veggie

January 7, 2017       Health & Healing
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Radishes as healing food regimen work just like cucumbers: the vegetable has naturally cooling properties and can be used to treat fevers, dehydration, heat stroke.

The pungent and spicy flavor of radishes can sooth sore throat and ease down asthma attacks while helping eliminate excess mucus during allergy attacks or bad colds. Radishes can help clear the sinuses during a flu bout.

Japanese Radish in farmers market display

As a natural cleansing agent for the digestive system, the fiber of the vegetable can help you sweep out stagnant food and toxins built up over time.  Radishes are also a natural diuretic which help your kidney and urinary systems flush out irritants and bring relief to local  inflammation caused by built-up salts.  Radishes also prevent ted blood cell damage by supplying fresh oxygen to your blood.

In old Britain, radishes had folk medicinal uses: clearing kidney stones, rehydrating bad skin, and  purging intestinal worms. These age-old remedies worked well enough that pilgrims brought radish seeds with them to America.

Radishes have a calming effect on the digestive system and can help relieve bloating and indigestion.  The crucifer vegetables have antibacterial, antifungal, and detoxifying properties, and contain compounds that soothe rashes, dryness, and other skin disorders.

The antioxidants and phytochemicals in radishes have toxin-purging effects, and in Eastern and Ayurvedic healing practices are used to heal as a food detoxifying regimen.  It has a isothiocyanate antioxidant compound called sulforaphane, which is a known inhibitor of prostate, colon, breast, ovarian and other cancers.  The detoxifying agents in radishes are called indoles: powerful flavonoids zeaxanthin, lutein, and beta carotene are some of the cancer fighting anitoxidants that help you heal faster and fight stress.

Radishes also contain an important If you want a full meal without putting on calories, radishes are a great way to add nutrients, fiber and tons of flavor to your meals without compromising your health. You can use it to augment your chicken or beef soup instead of potatoes.

If you can get a hold of them and plant plenty in your food backyard, Spanish black radishes contain four times more glucosinolates which are believed to enhance detoxification.

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