Believed to originate in Southern Asia, radishes were known in ancient Europe and Egypt as well. Thanks to their quick growing time (usually taking only 30-45 days from seed to radish), they are a favorite of many home gardeners.
Here are a nine health benefits of radishes:
Radishes are part of the Brassica family, otherwise known as cruciferous vegetables. Research suggests that the antioxidants and other compounds in cruciferous vegetables help in the prevention of cancer. In addition, radishes are high in fiber, which helps fight colon cancer, while compounds known as isothiocyanates affect genetic pathways in cancer cells, even inducing apoptosis (cancer cell death).
Studies have found that the antioxidants in radishes may reduce cholesterol levels in the body, which in turn will lower the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Radishes stimulate the production of bile. Maintaining a healthy level of bile production is beneficial for digestion, as well as liver and gallbladder health. Additionally, radishes can be used to treat constipation, because they are very high in fiber.
Radishes are believed to be a useful treatment for jaundice because they may help to purify the blood and raise oxygen levels.
Diuretic in nature, radishes help with kidney and liver function and may be beneficial in the the treatment of urinary disorders.
Radishes are a great source of potassium, which has been found to help regulate blood pressure.
Blood Sugar Control
Radishes have a low impact on blood sugar levels. They are very low on the glycemic index, which means that diabetics can eat them without worrying about their insulin levels.
Because radishes are high in fiber, low in calories, and low on the glycemic index, they make a great part of any weight loss diet.
Just half a cup of radishes makes up about 14 percent of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C.