Radish – Huge Health Benefits – Huge!

Radish, often regarded as the Asian treasure, is an indispensable food in China, Japan and Korea. They often say “eating radish in winter and ginger in summer can keep doctors away“. That is because radish and ginger are of high therapeutic value for their superb treatment of many diseases. The ancient Chinese medicine book “Compendium of Materia Medica”《本草綱目》 recognizes radish as the most useful among all kinds of vegetables in terms of curing diseases, indigestion problems in particular.

From the modern scientific point of view, radish is a low-calorie food, only about 100 calories in a pound of radish. Radish contains vitamins C, B1 & B2, cellulose, and traces of calcium, phosphorus and iron. In addition, radish contains double-stranded RNA which can induce the body to produce interferon to enhance human immunity. With mustard oil, radish helps to decompose saturated fats. Mustard oil when interacts with amylase in radish can promote the effectiveness of gastric peristalsis. Eating radish can increase appetite, help digestion and can at the same time facilitate bowel movement. A popular health book《求醫不如求己》 said: “Radish is good for detoxification. Eating it raw can make you burp, eating it cooked can help you pass gas”.

Although radish is good for health, there are situations that you need to be aware of. After taking ginseng as supplements, do not eat radish as it will to reduce the effectiveness of ginseng. Also, it has been said that eating radish with loofah would hurt inner energy. Eating radish with fungus can cause rashes or age spots. Do not cook radish and carrot together because the vitamin C will be destroyed.

Common Radish Recipes:

1. Radish Tea: White radishes 100g, tea 5g, slice and boil radish with water, add a small amount of salt; Brew tea with water for 5 minutes, add tea to radish soup. Drink 2 times a day. Good for coughing with phlegm.

2. Radish and lamb soup: White radish (slight green skin preferred) 1000g, mutton 250g, coriander 50g. Cut mutton into dices, boil with water then discard the boiling water. Peel and slice radish, put radish in a large cookware with water. Add mutton to cookware when water boils; simmer for 20 minutes; add a small amount of salt and cooking wine; cook for 5 minutes, sprinkle with chopped coriander. Good for cooling down body temperature.

3. Radish and sugar cane juice: Mix 100 ml of fresh radish juice and 100 ml of sugar cane juice thoroughly with warm water. Take 2 to 3 times a day. The juice is effective in anti-inflammatory, detoxification, and treating tonsillitis.

4. Radish juice with honey : Radish juice 300 ml, honey 30 ml, use warm water mix thoroughly, take 100 ml of juice per serving, 3 times a day. Good for lungs and asthma.

5. Radish juice with brown sugar : Radish juice 150 ml, brown sugar 50 grams, mix thoroughly, take 100 ml each time, twice daily. Effective in lowering blood pressure; can be used for treatment of hypertensive dizziness.

6. Brew radish with crystal sugar : Use a reasonable amount of radishes (harvested after fall), blend them into 120 ml of juice. Add crystal sugar. Stew the juice. Drink 2 times a day (60 ml each). Can be used to cure migraine.

7. Radish mouthwash : 100 ml of radish juice, add equal amount of boiled water for rinsing purposes, use several times daily, can cure mouth ulcers.

The wonderful root vegetable the radish, originates back to Asia, Japan & China but grows wild all over Europe and the Mediterranean, and more recently the US, do you think Mother Earth is trying to tell us something? Being as most of us suffer with poor digestion due to our modern diet, maybe we should listen to our dear Mother Earth?

The radish is also said to be a beautifying food too, due to its rejuvenating properties, red being favourite for this.

Radish – Huge Health Benefits – Huge!

The red, also known as the melon radish, is extremely high in Sulphur and Silicon, high Vitamin C, which plays a major role in connective tissue – beautifying!

Vitamin C, combined with sulphur and silicon will provide us with glowing skin, hmm, have a boat load of that then!

The black radish being stronger, is capable of dissolving mucous in our digestive tract, mostly created by eating too many starchy foods, like breads, cakes & pasta.

This medicinal vegetable will stimulate the liver and create more bile flow, so allowing for cleansing of the entire digestive system as well as clearing and preventing gallstones – used in Chinese medicine to increase digestive fire.

This amazing root vegetable contains a compound called Raphanin, which can help with auto-immune diseases, and balances thyroid activity both under and overactive, so controlling weight.

They contain folic acid (B 9) which means they are a great nerve tonic too.

Health Benefits Of Radish

Black Radish

Considered a medicine in wiser cultures, it is a good source of fibre, added to our juice, it will improve peristalsis, and helps to move digested food through the gastrointestinal system. Black Radish is also used in Chinese medicine for controlling and eliminating constipation and bowel disturbance so bringing balance back to the digestive organs.

Black radish is rather strong in flavour, we can use it in sauces or condiments and grated on salads as well as added to vegetable juices or smoothies. High in vitamin C and most of the vitamin B complex, as well as a high level of potassium, in addition to other minerals, including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It also contains zinc and trace amounts of copper, manganese, and selenium. Powerful huh?

Daikon Radish

The long white root – milder in flavour.  Daikon is a Japanese word, meaning large root, apparently brought to Japan from China, although Its origins are traced back to the Mediterranean region.

All radishes are considered a health food.

Healing Benefits

  • Increased Immune function
  • Improved digestion
  • Improved bowel function
  • protection against heart disease
  • Slowing of aging process
  • DNA  and  tissue repair
  • Improved circulation
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Balances hormones
  • Osteoporosis Protection
  • Stroke Prevention

 ”Eating pungent radish and drinking hot tea, let the starved doctors beg on their knees.”

Ancient Chinese proverb………

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