Daikon is the Japanese name of the white radish, also known as the Oriental radish or Chinese radish. Though more commonly known by its Japanese name, Daikon originated in mainland Asia where it is known as mooli. Both the roots and the leaves are edible and full of nutrients.
Here are 10 health benefits of Daikon radish:
Daikon is one of many cruciferous vegetables linked in studies with successful cancer prevention. Daikon contains several great antioxidants associated with fighting free radical damage, a known cause of cancer. Research has also shown that daikon juice helps prevent the formation of dangerous chemicals and carcinogens inside the body and helps the liver process toxins.
High In Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that not only combats free radical activity in the body but also offers great immune system support and helps prevent illness such as the common cold. 100 grams of daikon provides 34% the DV of vitamin C. Daikon leaves have a much higher concentration of vitamin C than that of daikon roots.
Antibacterial & Antiviral
Daikon appears to be able to combat bacterial and viral infections.
Research suggests that high levels of vitamin C and B, such as found in daikon, help to prevent chronic inflammation in the body which can lead to problems such as arthritis and heart disease.
Raw daikon juice is abundant with human digestive enzymes that help the body process proteins, oil, fat and carbohydrates.
Daikon helps the kidneys discharge excess water. A natural diuretic, it may also be helpful in treating urinary disorders.
Raw daikon juice may help dissolve mucus and phlegm and aid in the healthy function of the respiratory system. Its ability to combat bacteria and viral infections may make it an effective combatant of respiratory disease such as bronchitis, asthma and flu.
Applied topically or ingested, daikon juice has proven effective in preventing and treating acne and other skin conditions.
Daikon leaves are an excellent source of calcium, which helps promote healthy bone growth and may lower the risk of osteoporosis.
In Asia, it is believed that daikon helps the body to burn fat, though this has not been proven. Whether it helps burn fat or not, daikon radish is extremely low in fat and cholesterol, but dense with nutrients, making it a great addition to any effective weight loss program.