Radish was "a vulgar article of the diet" because of its "remarkable power of causing flatulence and eructation. quoted by one of the writers.
What comes to your mind when RADISH is named?
Salad veggie and nothing more?
Well then think again---------
Well Im sure once you completely read this article you would be more than convinced and wont think twice and gorge on lots of radish in your daily diet. You will surely have a glass of radish juice or add it to salad.
Lets go more in detail about the Health benefits, Nutritive and Curative properties of Radish---
1.Good for diabetics.
The nutritional value of radishes includes phytochemicals and complex carbohydrates which equals blood glucose control which equals a low G.I. or glycemic index. A key point here is that middle-aged people following a low G.I.diet may be less likely to get heart disease or diabetes. Low G.I. foods also help people to lose weight. The glycemic index is the foods true physiological effect on blood sugar levels in the body. The lower the G.I. the better
Radish is very good for the liver and the stomach and it is a very good detoxifier too, that is, it purifies blood. It is miraculously useful in jaundice as it helps as helps removing bilirubin and also checks its production. It also checks destruction of red blood cells during jaundice by increasing supply of fresh oxygen in the blood. The leaves of radishare also very useful in treatment of jaundice. Radish has been used as a natural drug for the stimulation of bile function. Radishes contain a variety of sulfur-based chemicals that increase the flow of bile, thus helping to maintain a healthy gallbladder and liver. It protects liver and gallbladder from infections and ulcers and soothes them too.
3. Piles and constipation
Radish is very rich in roughage, i.e. indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion, retains water, cures constipation (one of the main causes for piles) and thus gives relief in piles. Being a very good detoxifier, it helps heal up piles fast. Its juice also soothes the digestive and excretory system and this also relieves piles. It induces healthy appetite and proper evacuation of bowels which gradually reduces the trouble and thus helps in providing relief.
4. Urinary Disorders:
Radishes are diuretic in nature, i.e. increase production of urine. Juice of radish also cures inflammation and burning feeling during urinating. It also cleans the kidneys and inhibits infections in kidneys and urinary system. Thus it helps a great deal in curing urinary disorders. They are good for the urinary tract as radishes are both diuretic and anti-inflammatory, they increase the production of urine and also soothe the burning sensation which often occurs with urinary tract infections such as cystitis and is helpful in curing all kinds of urinary disorders, like thrush and inflammation. As it is diuretic in nature, it contributes to flushing out of toxins from the body too. Making a tea from the leaves can sometimes be more effective than eating the radishes.
5. Weight Loss:
The radish contains about 95 percent of water in proportion to its weight, making it an excellent source of hydration. This moisture can also reduce the appetite, making the person feel satiated, a benefit for those trying to lose weight .Radishes are very filling, i.e. fills your stomach and satisfies your hunger easily without giving you many calories, as they are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage and contain a lot of water. It is a very good dietary option for those determined to lose weight as it makes for a healthy munch.
The detoxifying and anti carcinogenic properties of radish make it useful in treatment of Leucoderma. The radish seeds are used in this case. They should be powdered and soaked in vinegar and then applied on the white patches. Eating radish also aids treatment of Leucoderma.
7. Skin Disorders:
Vitamin-C, phosphorus zinc and some members of vitamin-B complex, which are present in radish, are good for skin.
The high water content in radishes means it keeps the skin hydrated and younger looking.
Radishes also help with collagen production, which gives skin its elasticity which delays Aging.
The water in it helps maintaining moisture of the skin.
Applying the freshly ground paste of Radish one hour before cures eczema.
Eating Radish salad sprinkled with lemon juice remove blood impurities and cures itching.
Massaging the body and face with Radish juice eliminates wrinkles.
Applying the paste of fresh Radish on the face and drinking the Radish juice regularly eliminates black spots & freckles.
It can be applied with beneficial results in treatment of ringworm
Mashed raw radishs a very good cleanser and serves as a very efficient face pack.
Due to its disinfectant properties, radish also helps cure skin disorders, such as drying up, rashes, cracks etc. and also refreshes it.
8. Kidney Disorders:
Being diuretic, cleanser and disinfectant, it helps cure many kidney disorders by increasing the production of urine by the kidneys. Its diuretic properties help wash away the toxins accumulated in the kidneys. Cleansing properties clean kidneys up and lessens accumulation of toxins in the blood, thereby decreasing their concentration in the kidneys. Its disinfectant properties protect the kidneys from any infections too. Thus it is good for overall health of the kidneys.
9. Insect Bites:
It has anti pruritic properties and can be used as an effective treatment for insect bites, stings of bees, hornets, wasps etc. Its juice also reduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area and offer a calming effect too
It brings down the body temperature and relieves inflammation due to fever. Drink radish juice mixed with black salt. Being a good disinfectant, it also fights infections which cause fever, thereby helping cure it. The vegetable is particularly helpful for people who are down with fever. It is a great disinfectant and is also known to easily combat the infections that are triggered by fever
11. Respiratory Disorders, Bronchitis and Asthma:
Radish is an anti congestive, i.e. it relieves congestion of respiratory system including nose, throat, wind-pipe and lungs, due to cold, infection, allergies and other causes. It is a good disinfectant and also rich in vitamins, which protect respiratory system from infections.
Radishes and radish leaves are an excellent source of vitamin C. Globe radishes are a very good source of the trace mineral molybdenum and a good source of folic acid , copper and potassium. The radish is a potent source of antioxidants. Radish leaves are a good source of calcium.
13 Digestive Problems:
Due to certain chemicals and the amount of fiber that radishes contain, they are known to regulate digestion. Radishes are high in fiber, which means they're filling and also helpful in the treatment of constipation and piles. They also have a slight laxative and diuretic effect, making them a great aid to an efficient digestive system and improving digestion. Radish leaf extract is reported to be beneficial gastrointestinal activities, and is known worldwide for its laxative properties. The mustard oil content of the radish makes it good for expelling gallstones from the bladder. Radish juice helps stopping the formation of gallstones.
14. Cholesterol Reduction
Radish root is effective in lowering cholesterol level. Supplementation of the lipid-rich diet with black radish juice had a beneficial effect on Hyperlipidaemia (elevated levels of lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides).
15. Reduces Blood Pressure
Radishes are high in potassium which is helpful in regulating blood pressure. High blood pressure is positively associated with higher sodium intake and inversely associated with potassium, calcium, and magnesium intakes. Decrease of sodium and increase of potassium, calcium, and magnesium intakes, which are characteristic of the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), has an excellent blood pressure lowering effect
16. Cancer Prevention
The Radish is protective against cancers of the lungs and alimentary tract. Lessens the risk of some cancers perhaps by preventing the formation of carcinogens in your body or by blocking cancer-causing substances from reaching or reacting with sensitive body tissues or by inhibiting the transformation of healthy cells to malignant ones. The chemo preventive potential of radishes is partly due to their glucosinolates content demonstrates anti-cancer activity toward human colon cell lines. Rich in vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, radish helps cure many types of cancer, particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer
17. INDIGESTION AND STOMACH AILMENTS: -
Radish is unparallel in curing stomach ailments.
Intake of fresh Radish, carrots & tomato as a salad eliminates acidity.
Taking fresh Radish sprinkled with salt and pepper on mealtime improves digestion and eliminates acidity and wind.
Fresh Radish juice mixed with cabbage and tomato juice cures flatulence.
Taking fresh leaves of Radish black salt cure constipation.
If gas troubles affect you on regular basis, then make use of radish!
To cure the abdominal pain due to gas, drink juice of radish. Prepare a ½ cup juice of radish and add pinch of salt and black pepper to it and sip. Trust me it would vanish the pain in few minutes.
18. Ideal for Dieters:
There's no doubt that a diet which is high in fruits and vegetables is a healthy diet. Radishes are an ideal vegetable for dieters to eat, for a number of reasons. For starters, radishes are very low in calories. They are also very low in fat. Last, but certainly not least, they're low in cholesterol.
19. Menstrual Problems:
Taking 2-3 grams of ground seeds of Radish 3 times a day regulates and relieves pain during menses. Pimples due to lack of bleeding in menses will be cured by taking fresh leaves.
20. Sexual Weakness:
Taking Radish regularly helps in getting back lost sexual power. Dry seeds of Radish, powder them and strain. Take with butter regularly for 10 to 12 days cures sexual weakness.
Chewing 4 or 5 leaves of Radish eliminate hiccups.
22. Stomach worms:
Taking Radish juice and lemon juice with little rock salt after meals destroys worms and throws them out.
Lethargy vanishes by eating fresh Radish and its soft leaves with lemon juice sprinkled on it.
24 .Bad Breath: -
Taking juice with sugar candy eliminates bad breath.
Eating one Radish daily is very effective for eyesight
26 .Other Benefits: -
- Radishes are also used as a preservative against intoxication
- Protects blood from over-clotting thus improves wound healing
- Improves gums and teeth health
- Improves Immunity System and thus protects from frequent infections
- Improves Iron absorption-Improves nerve function and muscle function
- Reduces confusion, irritability, joint pain , inflammations and fatigue
- Improves exercise ability, concentration ability
- Lowers Risk of atherosclerosis and obesity
- Prevents depression
- Strengthens hair and nails
- Helpful in cases of tuberculosis
- Gargling with solution of radish juice mixed in salty water helps in healing throat ulcers rapidly.
Radishes are a healthy addition to your diet, as they provide a number of essential nutrients and have healing properties. Enjoy radishes, and enjoy better health!
Finding it hard to absorb the above stuff? Well! I suggest you have some slices of radish. That may help you and enhance your appetite too!.
The author of this article, Priti Pasricha, is an experienced Academician and Counselor. She has been acting as a bridge between Teacher-Child-Parent Counseling for the past many years.She is a professionally trained n qualified Primary Teacher and for the past few years she has been working as a Centre Head with an Internationally reputed Chain of Primary Schools based at Delhi.
Besides her academic interest, shes an explorer and a keen learner of the world around her with music and reading as her PASSION.