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z1# Lowers cancer risk: Radish contains phytochemicals and

anthocyanins that have anti-carcinogenic properties. Additionally,

they have vitamin C that acts as a powerful antioxidant to prevent
free radical damage to the DNA inside the cells, thus helping cancer
prevention. A study published by Plants Foods for Human
Nutritionoffers strong evidence that radish root extract induces cell
death by triggering the apoptotic pathways due to the presence of
several isothiocyanates (ITCs). [1]
2# Regulates blood pressure: Radish has anti-hypertensive
properties that help regulate control high blood pressure. Radish is
rich in potassium that helps maintain the sodium-potassium balance
in the body, keeping blood pressure under control. A study
published in Nutrition Research and Practice found that radish
leaves lowered blood pressure extract participants having
hypertension from 214 mmHg to 166 mmHg and was significantly
lower than that of the normotensive and hypertensive controls. [2]
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3# Good for diabetics: Insulin, a hormone secreted by the
pancreas is responsible in the absorption of glucose. Diabetics are
either unable to absorb the insulin their body produces or unable to
produce insulin at all. Because of this, they cannot eat sugary or
starchy foods. High in fibre, and with a low glycemic index,
diabetics can enjoy radish as it doesnt cause blood sugar levels to
4# Beats cold and cough: If youre prone to constant cough and
cold, it might be a good idea to include radish in your diet. The
vegetable has anti-congestive properties which helps in clearing the
mucus formed in your throat. Additionally, radish also improves your
immunity which keeps infections that lead to cold and cough at bay!
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5# Helps you recover from jaundice: Radish is powerful when it
comes to eliminating toxins. This helps keep your liver and stomach
in mint condition. What makes radish effective in controlling

jaundice is that it helps regulate the amount of bilirubin in the blood

and increases the oxygen supply within the body. This helps keep a
check on the destruction of red blood cells caused by jaundice.
6# Fights constipation: Most people will have battled constipation
in their life and it is definitely not a pleasant condition to be in.
Radish has a high fibre content which helps clear the food stuck in
your colon. Additionally, it helps facilitate the secretion of digestive
juices and bile which again is good for your digestive system. Also
try these home remedies to relieve constipation.
7# Helps with weight loss: Radish is extremely low in calories,
and the fibre content in it promotes satiety. A single 100g serving of
raw radish contains just 16 calories, radish can be a part of any
weight loss diet.
8# Good for asthma patients: Radish has anti congestive
properties that make them extremely beneficial for asthmatic
patients. It also fights allergies of the respiratory system and
protects the respiratory linings against infections.
9# Keeps you looking younger: Containing vitamin C and
antioxidants, radish can be eaten to prevent your skin from freeradical damage. You can even apply crushed, raw radish on your
skin as it has cleansing properties.
10# Keeps the kidneys healthy: The natural diurectic property of
radishes makes them extremely good for improving kidney health.
They help elimination of toxins from the body, acting as a natural
All these properties make radish a must-buy next time you go
grocery shopping.

Health Benefits of Radish

The benefits of radishes in the treatment or prevention of certain
ailments and on certain body parts are listed below:
Jaundice: Radishes are very good for the liver and stomach, and it
acts as a powerful detoxifier too. That means that it purifies the blood
and eliminating toxins and waste. It is extremely useful in treating
jaundicebecause it removes bilirubin and also keeps its production at
a stable level. It also reduces the destruction of red blood cells that
happens to people suffering from jaundice by increasing the supply of
fresh oxygen to the blood. Black radishes are more preferred in the
treatment of jaundice, and radish leaves are also very useful in the
Piles: Radishes are considered roughage, which means that it is
composed of indigestible carbohydrates. This facilitates digestion,
water retention, and it fixes constipation, which is one of the major
causes of piles. As such a good detoxifier, it helps heal the symptoms
of piles very quickly. Its juice also soothes the digestive and excretory
system, further relieving the symptoms of piles.
Urinary Disorders: Radishes are diurectic in nature, which means
that they increase the production of urine. Juice from radishes also
cures inflammation and a burning feeling during urination. It also
cleans out the kidneys and inhibits infections in the kidneys and
urinary system, thus helping the treatment of various urinary
conditions that are exacerbated by excess toxins in the system.
Weight Loss: Radishes are very filling, which mean that they satisfy
your hunger without running up your calorie count. They are also low
in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage and contain a lot of
water, making radishes a very good dietary option for those who are
determined to lose weight. Furthermore, they are high in fiber and low
on the glycemic index, which means that they increase regular bowel
movements, which helps in weight loss, and increases the efficiency
of the metabolism for all bodily processes.

vascular Conditions: Radishes are a great source of anthocyanins,
which are a type of flavonoids, which not only give color to radishes,
but also provide numerous health benefits. Anthocyanins have been
the subject of numerous medical studies, and have been positively
linked to reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, and they
have also displayed anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Cancer: Since radishes are detoxifiers and are rich in vitamin-C,

folic and anthocyanins, they have been connected to treating
many types of cancer, particularly colon, kidney, intestinal,
the Brassica family, and like the other members of that taxonomic
classification, these cruciferous vegetables are packed with
antioxidants. Furthermore, the isthiocyanates found in radishes
have a major impact on the genetic pathways of cancerous cells.
They alter the pathways so much, in fact, that they can cause
apoptosis, cell death, thereby eliminating cancerous cells from

Leucoderma: The detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties of

radishes make them useful in thetreatment of Leucoderma. The
radish seeds are used in this treatment method. They should be
powdered and soaked in vinegar, ginger juice, or cows urine and
then applied on the white patches. You can eat radishes as well to
aid the treatment of Leucoderma.
Constipation: Radishes are very high in fiber, which means that
they add considerable bulk to bowel movements, which promotes
regular excretory patterns and relieve symptoms of constipation.
They can also help to firm up loose bowels and get rid of loose
stool or diarrhea. Furthermore, radishes are known to promote the
production of bile. Bile is one of the most important parts of good
digestion, and also helps to protect both the liver and the
Respiratory Disorders, Bronchitis and Asthma: Radishes are
an anti-congestive, meaning that it decreases congestion of the
respiratory system including irritation of the nose, throat, windpipe and lungs that can come from colds, infections, allergies and
other causes. They are a great disinfectant and rich in vitamins,
which further protects the respiratory system from infections.
Blood Pressure: Radishes are a very good source of potassium,
which contributes to a large list of health benefits. Potassium has
been positively connected to reducing blood pressure, because
when it interacts with the arterial supply of vascular beds, it can
relax the blood vessels, and therefore increase blood flow. It
reduces the blood pressure by widening the flow of the blood,
instead of forcing it through narrow, constricted channels.
Diabetes: Radishes have long been known to have a low
glycemic index, which means that eating it does notimpact blood
sugar levels. It also helps regulate the absorption of sugars into
the bloodstream, meaning that diabetics dont have to worry as

much about sudden spikes or drops when eating, or being away

from food for a certain amount of time.
Skin Disorders: Vitamin-C, phosphorus, zinc and some
members of vitamin-B complex that are present in radishes are
good for the skin. The water in radishes also helps to maintain
healthy moisture levels in the skin. Smashed raw radish is a good
cleanser and serves as an efficient face pack. Due to its
disinfectant properties, radishes also help clear up skin disorders
like dry skin, rashes, and cracks.
Fever: Radishes lower body temperature and relieve
inflammation from fevers. A good method of intake is drinking
radish juice mixed with black salt, and since they act as good
disinfectants, radishes also fight infections that can cause fever.
Kidney Disorders: As a diurectic, cleanser, and disinfectant,
radishes help in the treatment of many kidney disorders. Its
diurectic properties help wash away the toxins accumulated in the
kidneys and they decrease the accumulation of toxins in the
blood, thereby decreasing their concentration in the kidneys. Its
disinfectant properties protect the kidneys from any infections as

Bites: Radishes have anti-pruritic properties and can be used as
an effective treatment for insect bites and bee stings. Radish juice
alsoreduces pain and swelling and soothes the affected area.
Dehydration: Radishes are mostly composed of water, and they
are a great way to keep your body hydrated, which is beneficial to
many different parts of health. One of the most important parts of
staying hydrated is the impact of water on the digestive system.

Staying hydrated relieves constipation, improves the efficiency of

digestion, and ensures proper uptake of nutrients from the food
we eat.
Respiratory Conditions and Sore Throats: Radishes have a
strong, natural spice to them, and they are also quite pungent,
which is very good for preventing illness, and it also eliminates
excess mucus in the throat. Furthermore, radishes have been
known to soothe sore throats and relieve congestion by clearing
the sinuses.
Vitamin-C and Immune System Health: There are countless
reasons why radishes are a good addition to your diet, but
improving your immune system is one of the most important. A
half cup of radishes per day in a salad or just as a snack is nearly
15% of your daily intake of Vitamin-C. Consistently maxing out
your daily dose of Vitamin-C intake can rejuvenate your immune
system by replacing many of the antioxidants and white blood
cells which are so integral in fighting off every illness from the
common cold to cancer!
Vitamin-C does not only boost your immune system, but it also is
considered a super vitamin because of all the other high-impact
effects it has on the body. It helps regulate your metabolism,
which changes fat into usable energy, and it is a main contributor
in the creation of collagen, which is an essential protein that
strengthens blood vessel walls and reduces the chances of
artherosclerosis and various other heart diseases.
Liver & Gallbladder: Radishes are especially beneficial for liver
and gallbladder functions. They regulate production and flow of
bile and bilirubin, acids, and enzymes. Furthermore, it also
removes excess bilirubin from the blood, and it contains enzymes
like myrosinase, diastase, amylase and esterase. Regular

consumption of radishes protects your liver and gallbladder from

infections and ulcers.
Other Benefits: Apart from the benefits outlined above, radishes
work as a good appetizer, mouth and breath freshener, laxative,
and metabolism regulator. People whose weekly diets are
supplemented with normal amounts of radish see an improvement
in blood circulation, and radishes are a good treatment for
headaches, acidity, constipation, nausea, obesity, sore throat,
whooping cough, gastric problems, gall stones, and dyspepsia.
Finding it hard to digest everything you just read? Well, I suggest
you have some slices of radish to get your stomach working
properly, and perhaps make you hungry for even more nutrientpacked power food.
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