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10 Robust Reasons to Love Radishes

10 Robust Reasons to Love Radishes

Cool and crunchy radishes—who can resist them? Their peppery flavor makes them a huge hit on my salad plate. I have grown up enjoying this fresh, flavorful veggie, but it is only recently that I learned its incredible health benefits. So of course, their great taste is the number one reason to love radishes, and here are 9 more!

They lavish you with antioxidants: Numerous studies have shown that radishes—in particular black radishes—contain a variety of powerful antioxidants, which scavenge harmful free radicals, protect skin and improve heart health.

They are a no-guilt food: At just 16 calories per 100 grams, radishes are among the lowest-calorie vegetables. Slice some more into your salad!

Theyre rich in vital vitamins A, B9 (folate) and C. The leaves of the radish plant actually contain more Vitamin C, protein and calcium than their roots. My grandmother used to stir fry the leaves, which made a delicious accompaniment to dal and rice. They lend a kick to salads, too!

Theyve got essential minerals potassium, folic acid, phosphorus, zinc. All of these are essential to the health of our nerves, muscles and joints. And the good radish has them all!

They keep you infection-free: Loaded with so many nutrients, it is little wonder that munching on radishes regularly can keep you free from disease. Zap away pesky colds and the flu with this wonder veggie!

They offer protection from cancer: Radishes belong to the same cruciferous family as broccoli, which also has an established role in fighting certain cancers. Certain enzymes and phytonutrients in radishes are seen to inhibit the mutation of cancerous cells.

They improve digestion: If you have been suffering from constipation, bloating or other digestion issues, eat radishes regularly—they clean and detoxify the system and reset your metabolic balance.

They guard kidney health: Radishes are a great ally of kidney and gall bladder health. The enzymes in them trigger cleansing action, thus maintaining toxin-free tracts and saving you from many a painful disease.

They make your skin glow: Radish juice is a tried and tested home remedy for treating problems such as acne and dark spots. Simply grate some radish and squeeze to get the juice. Apply this on affected skin and wash off a few minutes later. Repeat for a few days, and you should see good results.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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6:41PM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Glad to know the leaves can be eaten too!

10:12PM PDT on Aug 7, 2013

I love radishes , yum . Thanks

6:04AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Radishes are also a great vegetable to germinate from seed and raise to maturity - especially for kids as they don't take too long to germinate, are colorful and it's not too long until they require picking. Nothing prettier than a row of radishes.

5:59AM PDT on Aug 3, 2013

Thanks. I like the bite they add to a salad.

4:19PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

I only ever eat radishes in salads... need to find some new ideas!

4:17AM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Great reasons. Thanks for sharing.

10:30AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

I love radishes!! Some can be spicy hot though and make me burp :-)

8:39AM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

i didn't knew radishes were such super foods!!!. Thanks for the amazing information.

11:02AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

I just recently decided to start adding radishes to my diet on a lark. Nice to see that they are actually pretty good for me.

6:47AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

The only reason: health

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