Radishes have a natural peppery flavor that add a zing to salads and sandwiches. However, most people are unaware that radishes also provide some essential nutrition to keep your body healthy and strong.
Here are five health reasons to celebrate radishes.
1. Prevent Kidney Stones
Research has shown that the addition of radishes into diets increases excretion of calcium oxalate. This helps prevent kidney stones because calcium oxalate in the urine is the common kidney stone constituent.
2. Improve Digestion
Sulfur-based chemicals in radishes increase the flow of bile, which helps maintain a healthy liver, gallbladder and improves digestion. It also provides relief from dyspepsia, which includes various digestive problems such as gas, stomach discomfort, nausea, belching, bloating and loss of appetite.
3. Treatment For Vitiligo
Radishes are often used for the treatment of vitiligo—a chronic skin disease characterized by depigmentation of the skin giving rise to white patches. For this purpose, a paste is made and applied on the white patches by grinding radish seeds with vinegar. This helps in regeneration of lost melanin in the skin.
4. Relieve Respiratory Disorders
Radish juice has been known to treat sinus problems, asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory disorders in traditional medicine. How this works is that the pungent flavor of radish stimulates mucous membrane and helps clear congestion. Vitamin C in radishes also strengthens the immune system to fight respiratory infections.
5. Beat Hypertension
High in potassium, radishes reduce blood pressure and help beat hypertension.