When you head to the grocery store or the farmers market looking for some new veggie to try, how often do you overlook the unassuming radish? Yes, that radish – it can be used for so much more than just salad garnish. The radish (in all its forms, including the beautiful watermelon radish) is a little firecracker of flavor and nutrition and this lovely root vegetable is relatively easy to grow, even for gardening newbies. They can be eaten raw, roasted, sautéed, or added to soups. If you’re interested in adding this versatile cruciferous veg to your diet, read on for the lowdown on the nutritional value and benefits of radishes.
Antioxidants And Minerals
Radishes, like other cruciferous vegetables, are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are great compounds that fight off negative things in the body. The antioxidants in radishes help fight off oxidative stress and keep you healthy. Radishes also are rich in multiple minerals.
Radishes when added to your diet can help boost your immune system! This is because they are a rich source of vitamin C. That’s right you’re not limited to just citrus fruits for getting those vitamin C boosts during the winter. Radishes are a great way to improve your vitamin C consumption without turning your diet boring. Selenium, another compound found in radishes, can also help boost your immune system.
Anthocyanins found in radishes can also make them good for your heart health. Studies have shown that they can help reduce high blood pressure, a common contributing factors of heart disease and heart attack. Radishes also have anti-inflammatory compounds which contribute to the heart healthy effect.
Radishes also contain a compound that can help you manage your diabetes. Anthocyanins are a compound that improves insulin sensitivity, meaning that they help the insulin in your body do the work that it needs to do. Studies have shown that adding radishes rich in anthocyanins to your diet can actually improve your diabetes management. Since radishes are also rich in fiber, they can also slow down digestion and help keep your body from dumping too much sugar into your bloodstream all at one time.
Speaking of fiber fiber also means radishes are a great digestive aid. Pickled radishes are a staple in many Asian cuisines for exactly this reason. Radishes can help you to better digest your food and feel less uncomfortable and bloated afterwards. And of course, all that fiber can also help to keep you regular.
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