Radish is a usually ignored veggie. It contains essential nutrients and is a cousin of cabbage. Discussing the benefits of radish to our health, ongoing research shows interesting verdicts about it.
Raphanus Raphanistrum Subsp Sativus is the scientific name of radish. Radish is farmed and consumed across the world. There are several types of radish. The most popular types are:
- Burpee white
- China rose
- Plum purple
- Cherry belle
- Black Spanish
- Early scarlet globe
- French breakfast
Radish is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin C rebuilds blood vessels and tissues. Radish is also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and folate.
In the paragraph below, I have put out research based benefits that you probably may not have seen or come across. Keep reading and expect surprises.
6 Most Powerful Health Benefits of Radishes:
Radishes contain powerful compounds. Isothiocyanates are the most powerful of them all.
1. Improve Cardiovascular Health
Radishes have an influence on the production of nitric oxide. As a result, the blood vessels relax and leads to a lower blood pressure. (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b01750)
Nitric oxide in radishes plays a role in relaxing the muscle tissue and increase the regional blood flow.
2.May Prevent Cancer
Radishes come from the family of cruciferous vegetables. Radishes contain compounds that when combined with water, it is broken down into isothiocyanates. Isothiocyanates in these compounds help to fight different forms of cancer. They also induce cell death among the lung cancer cells (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24716946)
In the case of breast cancer, veggie (radishes) were found to exhibit chemopreventive effects. Radish can be a useful antitumor agent. It plays an excellent role in cancer prevention and treatment. Radishes hinder the growth of cancer cells and kills cancer cells.
The sulforaphane content of radish prevents breast cancer.
3. Aid Diabetes Treatment
The antidiabetic effects of radishes help strengthen the antioxidant defense system of the body. As a result, the accumulation of free radicals are reduced. This reduces glucose absorption in the intestine and promote energy metabolism. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622774)
Radishes contain low carbs, as a result, they may not negatively impact your blood sugar levels. Thereby helping individuals with diabetes.
4. May Promote Digestive Health
Radishes can enhance your digestive health because it is a good source of fiber. There is a significant enhancement of gastrointestinal function also if you feed on radishes leaves.
Culturally, for the treatment of stomach disorders, as a digestive aid, stimulant, and laxative, radish has been used.
5.May Treat Kidney Stones
A research found that a diet containing radish was found to increase the excretion of calcium oxalate through urine. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15449653). This excretion of calcium oxalate reduces the likelihood of minerals getting accumulated inside the urinary tract and forming kidney stones.
There is need for more research in this regard. We advise you to consult with your doctor before using radishes specifically for the treatment of kidney stones.
6. Promotes Liver Health
Radish being a cruciferous veggie can aid the detoxification of toxins in the liver. Research found that Spanish Radish, a prominent radish type has liver-promoting effects.
The high concentrations of glucosinolates in radish help to promote liver health (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4295395).
Radish is used as a treatment for jaundice and other similar liver diseases in India and Greek-Arab.
Another research shows that the bioactive chemical in the veggie called MTBITC was found to be effective in the treatment of non-alcoholic related fatty liver disease. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4658983).
Introduction: Health Benefits of Radish Leaves
In this section of this blog post, I will talk about the radish leaves you probably toss in the trash. Reduces inflammation.
You are missing the health benefit of radish leaves if you ignore it each time you eat radish as it is delicious and nutritious.
It calms Inflammation
5 Creative Ways to Eat Radishes
You are probably wondering how best to consume radishes. Radishes are moving now beyond being the least popular of the veggies on the tray to the most popular.
We have below stated the best ways to prepare and enjoy your delicious veggie.
Eat Them Raw with Butter (Optional)
The French are the best when it comes to how to best prepare the radish. Butter and Salt. Though not all radishes are prepared equally. The French Breakfast Radish is the best of all to snack on raw.
French Breakfast Radish is a miniature version of a traditional radish and it is favored in France.
Pickle the Radish
Two different types of radishes get the clean and sweet vinegar treatment in Japanese – Korean inspired pickles.
Roast The Radish
Heat mellows the radish, pepperiness, transforming them into it to another sweet and buttery veggie.
Shave the Radishes and Slice Them Up Thinly
After slicing the radishes, toss them in salads for a peppery contrast. Lets not talk about the impressive look. Aha
Make a Chilled Soup
Adore this cool and refreshing treat with sliced cucumbers and served chilled.
Now Health Benefits of Mustard
Mustard is that what makes street food so amazing. It is drizzled on hot dogs, and smeared onto pretzels. While it is one thing gourmets can get snobby about Anthony Bourdain admits that yellow mustard which is the cheapest has its delicious and vinegary place.
In some cases, enjoyability is a sign that you are eating something that is not good for your system. Mustard is an ideal dressing for any sandwich and an essential culinary ingredient for fast foods.
Serious Bang for the Caloric Buck
Mustard is a freebie for life. Mustard is the lowest calorie of similar condiments. Compared to Ketchup (6 calories), Sweet Relish (7 Calories), and Mayo (31 Calories). Mustard contain 3 calories in a teaspoon.
Mustard Helps Prevent Cancer
The delicious leafy part of Mustard and Mustard itself may be a cancer preventative. (ajcn.nutrition.org/content/59/5/1166S.short).
It May Help Alleviate Asthma and Many Other Conditions too
Being an excellent source of trace minerals selenium and magnesium, Mustard not only help with cancer prevention but also manage symptoms of asthma, high blood pressure, arthritis, and migraines – Dr. Verma.
Mustard Can Lower Your Cholesterol
Some research has shown that Mustard can lower cholesterol.
You May Live Longer
According to a Harvard Study, (www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3942) If you go for those hot-hot-hot Mustards and other spicy foods, Your predilection for spice may help you live longer.
How to Eat Mustard Greens
Here are ways to eat mustard greens.
Mustard Greens with Bacon:
This is a nice combo because everything is tastier.
Mustard Greens with Meatballs:
Do you intend to serve your meatballs over pasta, Yummy! To infuse the greens with the meaty flavor, you should cook them in the same pan.
Mustard Greens with White Beans:
Enjoy the diet of greens and white beans. Add the greens to a smoky, satisfying white bean stew.
Mustard Greens with Fish:
Flavored with soy sauce and mirin, steam a mild white fish over the wilted greens.
Now Mustard Greens with Frittata:
Saute the greens first with onion, add eggs and cook. Italians love this combo very much. Greens and frittatas. Cook them first on stovetop, then in an oven until it is set.
Now Health Benefit of Fenugreek
Fenugreek has many cosmetic and health benefits. One thing I love about fenugreek is the fact that is useful in any form whether it is powder, seed vegetable or dried leaf.
Below are the benefits of fenugreek
Anti Ance, Anti Blemish
The facial skin pores are kept germ free by the antifungal and antibacterial properties of fenugreek.
Fenugreek (Methi) can be used to get rid of blemishes caused by acne. Boil a quarter cup of fenugreek seeds for 5 minutes. Let it soak in water overnight. Remove the seed and grind into think paste. Apply this paste on your face and wash off after 15mins.
Moisturizes the Skin and An Anti-Aging Agent
Some studies show that fenugreek paste smooths the skin by removing dry and dead skin flakes.
Fenugreek paste with a tablespoon of curb is effective to keep your skin wrinkle-free . The paste should be used only once in five (5) days.
Reduces Dandruff and Promotes Healthy Hair Growth
The concoction of fenugreek paste (antifungal and moisturizing properties) and curd helps lessen the dryness of scalp. This concoction should be applied on the head for 20-30 minutes to reduce dandruff.
For hair growth, a bowl of coconut oil should be boiled with a handful of fenugreek seeds till the seeds color is slightly changed. Allow the oil to cool down, message your scalp with the strained mixture an hour before bath twice per week to reduce hair fall.
Fenugreek is said to reduce bad cholesterol, prevent and control diabetes by regulating the absorption of sugar by the body, and aid weight loss by aiding digestion and bowel movements.
How to Eat Methi
Pair curd with wheat flour and work into dough, rolled out and snuffed with a mixture of fenugreek leaves and host of spice. You can add pickles or your favourite accompaniments.
Need to arrive at a great delicacy? 30 mins and a few simple ingredients is all you need.
Tender sole fish is teamed with a mouthwatering gravy made of spinach, tomatoes, methid saag, and masala.
A traditional Andhra specialty consisting of minced lamb meat and methi leaves. Pair this with cooked rice for a delicious whole meal.
Methi and Kishmish Pakodas
Dried fenugreek leaves, raisins, herbs spices = lovely evening snack! One can never go wrong with these sweet and savory pockets of delights.
Fenugreek and Lai Maat Crostini
Here is another quick and easy way to handle that hunger pangs and impress those who be eating. All you need is some bread topped with olives, paneer, methi and spices.