Radish is a vegetable with thin white skin and white flesh, this vegetable can be eaten raw ( appetizer and salads) or cooked (ingredient to soup dishes). To retain the freshness and crunchiness of this vegetable it is advised to soak it in a cold water.
Health Benefits of Radish
Radish, the well known part of your salad, is a root crop, pungent or
sweet in taste with a lot of juice. Radishes can be white, red, purple or black,
long cylindrical or round in shape. They are eaten raw, cooked or pickled. The
oil obtained from the seeds of radish is also used. The other parts of radish
which are consumed are the leaves, the flowers, the pods and the seeds. The
scientific name of radish is Raphanus Sativus which belongs to the Brassicaceae
family. Radish is also known as Daiken in some parts of the world.The benefits
of radish against certain ailments and on certain body parts are listed below:
- Jaundice: 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 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 black radish
is more preferred in jaundice. The leaves of radish are also very useful in
treatment of jaundice.
- Piles: 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
- Urinary Disorders: Radishes are diurectic 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.
- Weight Loss: 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
- Cancer: Being a very good detoxifier and rich in
vitamin-C, folic and anthocyanins, radish helps cure many types of cancer,
particularly those of colon, kidney, intestines, stomach and oral cancer.
- Leucoderma: 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
or ginger juice or cows urine and then applied on the white patches. Eating
radish also aids treatment of Leucoderma.
- Skin Disorders: Vitamin-C, phosphorus, zinc and some
members of vitamin-B complex, which are present in radish, are good for
skin. The water in it helps maintaining moisture of the skin. Smashed raw
radish is 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.
- Kidney Disorders: Being diurectic, cleanser and
disinfectant, it helps cure many kidney disorders. Its diurectic 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.
- 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
- Fever: 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.
- 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.
- Liver & Gallbladder: Radish is especially beneficial
for liver and gallbladder functions. It regulates production and flow of
bile and bilirubin, acids, enzymes and removes excess bilirubin from the
blood, being a good detoxifier. It also contains enzymes like myrosinase,
diastase, amylase and esterase. It protects liver and gallbladder from
infections and ulcers and soothes them.
- Other Benefits: Apart from above benefits, radish is a
good appetizer, mouth and breathe freshener, laxative, regulates metabolism,
improves blood circulation, is a good treatment for headache, acidity,
constipation, nausea, obesity, sore throat, whooping cough, gastric
problems, gallbladder stones, dyspepsia etc.