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!
They‘re 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!
They‘ve 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.