Spring is in full bloom and so are Red Radishes in the farms !!! Ever thought this tiny spring summer vegetable could offer a bundle of health benefits? What is double exciting is the fact that Radishes are quickly becoming the Keto's substitute of a Potato. So lets deep dive into its rich nutritional benefits.

Red radish (Raphanus sativus) is a small annual plant native to Europe and southern Asia that belongs to the Brassicaceae family

Here’s our pick of the top benefits why this root vegetable should become a part of your  meals

High on Nutrients

With high levels of vitamin C and B9, fiber, potassium and magnesium, red radishes play a part in keeping the immune system and nervous system up and running.

Radish Nutrition Facts (Serving Size: 3.5 ounces (100 grams), raw)

NutrientsAmt. Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories16
Calories from Fat 1
Sodium39 mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 3 g 1%
Dietary Fiber 2 g 6%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0%Vitamin C25%
Calcium 2%Iron 2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories

Relieves Respiratory Disorders

Radishes are an anti-congestive, meaning that they decrease 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 are rich in vitamins, which further protects the respiratory system. They also eliminate excess mucus in the throat.

Lowers Blood Pressure

Radishes are a very good source of potassium, which contributes to a large list of health benefits.  When potassium interacts with the arterial supply of vascular beds, it can relax the blood vessels, and therefore promote blood flow. It also reduces the blood pressure by widening the flow of the blood, instead of forcing it through narrow, constricted channels. Radish is known to control damage to our red blood cells, and in the process also increases oxygen supply to the blood.

Helps Fight Jaundice

Radish and radish leaves have been used as a home remedy against jaundice, especially in Indian, Greek-Arabic, and Unani branches of medicine.  Eating radishes can help in the removal of bilirubin, a condition evidenced by a yellow tinge in the skin, mucous membranes, or eyes, often present in newborns. This type of jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up in bile faster than the liver can break it down and excrete from your body.

Guards the Heart

Radishes are a good source for anthocyanins that keep our hearts functioning properly, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Plus they are high on vitamin C, folic acid, and flavonoids too.

Metabolism-Friendly

Radishes contain fiber, which keeps your system flushed and functioning with regularity and aids in maintaining a healthy weight. Ironically, these naturally heated veggies may help put an end to any burning sensation experienced during urination. That may be because radishes are a natural diuretic, purifying the kidney and urinary systems and relieving inflammation.

Good for our Skin and Hair

If you drink radish juice every day, you're giving your skin special boosters to stay healthy, and that's mostly because of the Vitamin C, zinc, and phosphorus The high water content in radishes also helps to maintain healthy moisture levels and hydration of the skin.  And if you apply it on your hair, it helps to remove dandruff, prevent hair loss, and strengthens the root too.

There are plenty of ways how you could use Radishes be it Salads, Soups, Dips or Juices.

Our #KetOntrackKitchen is coming up with some interesting inhouse recipes based on Radishes and many more Season picks. Stay tuned !!!

2 Responses

  1. and don’t forget about the greens.. What I’ve read about it:

    Did you know that radish greens are not only edible, but they are also delicious and are strikingly more nutritious than the radish roots? The greens have significantly higher amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A precursors, iron, and calcium as well as a robust antioxidant profile from flavonoids

    Maybe the taste is not to everyone’s liking, but if you get it with the radish, why not incorporate in the dish 🙂

  2. Yes absolutely 🙂 I mentioned Radish leaves helping us fight jaundice.
    The greens are definitely very nutrient rich and need to be added in the platter!

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