I have a rather love-hate relationship with radishes.
On the one hand, I cannot pass winters without having my weekly dose of ‘Mooli ke parathe’ and hot coffee (gastric troubles be damned!). However, present me with a radish salad or juice, and I will run away. Trust me; this method works better than a smelly sock on me.
Whatever is the case, the health and beauty facts associated with this root cannot be ignored. It’s actually a nutrient haven. Scroll down to know more!
Scientific Name—Raphanus sativus
Other Names—‘Mooli‘ or ‘Muli‘ (Hindi), ‘Mullangi’ (Telugu and Tamil), ‘Mullanki‘ (Malayalam), ‘Moolangi‘ (Kannada), ‘Mula‘ (Bengali), ‘Mulo‘ (Gujarati), ‘Mula‘ (Marathi), and ‘Muli‘ (Punjabi)
Radishes were first cultivated in China years ago and slowly made its way to other parts of the world. In fact, in earlier times, the broad spectrum of benefits that radishes offered was regarded very highly by Egypt and Greece. Their status was so high that in Greece, gold replicas of radish were made.
What’s so special about this root?
Radishes are rich in vitamins, folic acid, and anthocyanins and are considered effective cancer-fighting agents. The vitamins present in radishes can treat skin disorders. They help improve the functioning of the liver and gall bladder. And that’s it!
Just kidding! We have so much more on the platter just for you. Keep reading.
Health Benefits Of Radish
Radish health benefits are surplus, let’s have a look at some of them:
1. Provides Dietary Fiber
Radishes are rich in dietary fiber content. This high percentage helps improve the body’s ability to digest food and also keep the metabolism at the right pace. The fiber content also adds to the amount of roughage you need in your diet and keeps you feeling full for longer. Sounds like a perfect evening snack, doesn’t it?
2. Is Full Of Antioxidants
Radishes contain similar antioxidants like those found in citrus fruits and vegetables. These antioxidants protect the body against oxidation reactions and by-products which may be cancerous or make the body prone to diseases.
3. Vitamin Benefits
The vitamins A, C and K that are present in radishes help to prevent skin disorders to a great extent. The consumption of radishes also results in better cell production and cell repair.
4. Contains Iron In Abundance
Iron available in radishes has positive effects on blood and hence, on the overall function of the heart. Iron helps to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair and nails. Consumption of iron rich food on a daily basis improves general appearances.
5. Improves Metabolism
Has last night’s chicken and coke taken a toll on you? Try smoothing it out with radish. Radish consumption boosts the metabolism process in the body which in turn helps the internal functions to perform better.
6. Aids Weight Loss
The high water content of radish and the presence of non-digestible carbohydrates make them beneficial. Consumption of radish helps to avoid excess calories and fat accumulation in the body.
7. Muscle Building And Repair
A lot of nutrients are needed in order to build up muscles. Proteins are the building blocks of muscles. Radishes are a very rich source of proteins and hence, they should be included in your diet.
8. Provides Heart Health
Radishes, like many other vegetables, reduce the absorption of cholesterol by signaling the blood and heart help prevent any cardio diseases.
9. Contains Essential Minerals
Many minerals like potassium, iron, sodium and calcium are found in radishes, and they play an important role in the body’s metabolism. They act as oxygen carriers, pregnancy nutrients, and blood sugar controllers. They also help in controlling the blood pressure.
10. Contains Antimicrobial And Antibacterial Properties
The roots also have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help us cure a lot of diseases.
11. Provides Liver Health
Radishes are extremely good for the liver and stomach. They are powerful detoxifying agents and help purify blood and eradicate waste and toxins.
12. Treats Jaundice
They have been known to treat Jaundice as it eliminates bilirubin and stabilizes its production level.
13. Is Effective Against Hypertension
Stress and blood pressure—these lifestyle disorders have become commonplace among passing generation. Blame wrong dietary habits, inactivity, and long work hours! Radishes, with their high potassium content, are a known home cure for hypertension.
14. Controls Diabetes
A recent study conducted at the University of Allahabad, India, proved that radish is beneficial to diabetic patients. The roots possess hypoglycemic and antidiabetic capabilities. Moreover, they have negligible or no side effects; radish also balances blood glucose levels.
15. Strengthens Immunity
Daikon radish contains antioxidants in plenty. These antioxidants help in fighting the free radicals and cell damage. In fact, daikon radish helps in preventing the formation and accumulation of toxins in the body.
16. Helps In Detoxification
Radish is a natural laxative that efficiently detoxifies the body by eliminating the waste products through the colon and kidney. It helps in digestion too by spurring the production of bile.
17. Helps Proper Functioning Of The Respiratory System
Daikon radish juice is effective in dissolving phlegm and mucus, thus aiding the proper functioning of the respiratory system. It combats viral infections and can prevent diseases like flu, bronchitis, and asthma.
18. Eradication Of Fungus
Radish juice contains enzymes like amylase, esterase, and diastase that are useful in eradicating a fungus named ‘candida albicans.’ When this fungus is removed, the body is immune to a range of diseases, fibromyalgia being one of them.
19. Prevents Cancer
Containing Vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanin, Radish juice helps to curb the growth of cancerous cells. In fact, radish juice is known to help in treating colon cancer, kidney cancer, stomach cancer and cancer in the intestines.
20. Treats Thyroid Problems
Radish juice also contains sulfur and raphanin, which in turn help to balance the thyroid hormones. At the same time, it helps in boosting the rate of metabolism in a healthy way.
21. Cures Piles
Constipation is one of the underlying causes for piles. The detoxifying properties of radish juice ease the pain while soothing the digestive and excretory system. Thus, drinking radish juice helps to treat piles by treating the causes.
22. Treats Jaundice
Radishes are extremely good for stomach and liver. It is a powerful detoxifier and purifies the blood by eliminating waste and toxins from the body. Red radish is known to remove bilirubin from the body that is the main cause of jaundice. Excess presence of bilirubin causes jaundice symptoms, which can be eliminated by increasing the intake of red radish. It also restricts the destruction of healthy red blood cells during jaundice.
23. Cools Our System
Red radishes are known as naturally cooling foods. The pungent flavor of radish is considered highly effective in decreasing excess heat within the body. In the eastern medicine science, use of red radish in meals is advised to protect the body from the effect of the heat during hot seasons.
24. Has A High Water Content
Red radishes have high water content and are packed with lots of zinc, phosphorus and vitamin C that is good for the nourishment of your tissues.
The high water content keeps your body hydrated keeping you looking fresh and energetic, even on a long and hot day.
25. Treats Insect Bites
White radish provides a wonderful cure for issues like insect bites and bee stings as it helps in lessening the pain from the affected area and also has anti-inflammatory properties due to which it relieves the swelling resulted due to the sting or bite.
26. Bone Health
Radish seeds can promote the formation and strengthening of bones. The seeds contain high amounts of calcium. Calcium is crucial for the formation of bones and radish seeds provide a regular supply of this mineral.
Well, that was all about the health benefits of radishes. Let’s move on to the next section to know how they can help improve your skin!
Skin Benefits Of Radish
Healthy and clear skin is just a radish away! Find out how:
27. Provides Hydration To The Skin
Radishes have good water content. This helps in keeping your body well hydrated all the time resulting in a healthy and well-hydrated skin. It fights dry and flaky skin too.
28. Helps Prevent Skin Diseases
Radishes contain Vitamin C and antioxidants, which makes them quite effective in preventing skin diseases and inflammation. Regular inclusion of radishes in your diet results in healthy and radiant skin. Go for it today!
29. Provides Instant Freshness
Vitamin C, phosphorus, and zinc found in radishes, along with its water content, help keep your skin fresh for a longer duration.
30. Clears Skin
The high fiber content found in radishes help you get rid of all harmful toxins present in your body. This, in turn, results in a clear skin.
31. Works As A Natural Cleanser
Smashed raw radish can be used topically on your skin. It serves as a great natural cleanser and an effective face pack too.
32. Fights Skin Disorders
Radishes have great disinfectant properties. These help fight skin disorders. They can heal insect bites and stings. They can also cure pimples and acne.
Hair Benefits Of Radish
Including radish in your diet can even fetch you healthy hair. Let’s see how.
33. Fights Hair Fall
It is believed that regular consumption of radishes will help fight hair fall problems. In fact, the juice of black radish, when applied topically, is believed to stimulate hair growth. It strengthens your roots from within and prevents hair loss.
34. Eliminates Dandruff
Radishes can also fight dandruff problems. Make sure you include lots of radishes in your daily diet whether in the form of salads or main dishes. Rub your scalp with radish juice and cover with the help of a towel. After an hour, wash it thoroughly.
35. Shiny Hair
Radish juice is proven to impart shine to your hair. Always use fresh radish juice for best results.
36. Healthy Hair
Iron, found in radish, is essential for maintaining healthy hair. It helps improve the overall texture and health of your hair.
37. Stronger Roots And Scalp
The water content in radish keeps your body well hydrated. It also has cooling effects on your body. Regular consumption of radishes makes your roots stronger and your scalp healthier.
Radish Juice Beauty Recipes
Drinking radish juice is known to have a multitude of health and beauty benefits. Here are given some of the easiest beauty recipes involving the use of radish juice for healthy skin and hair:
1. Radish Juice Treatment For Hair Fall
Peel a fresh radish, grate it and then take out the juice. Rub it on the scalp and cover your head for thirty minutes. Alternately, it can be left overnight and washed off the next morning. Do it every day to treat dandruff and hair fall.
2. Radish Juice-Olive Oil Skin Tonic
Mix the fresh juice of radish and olive oil together and use it on your skin in circular motions to treat dryness and cracks.
3. Radish Juice Face Mask
Mix radish juice with fresh yogurt and honey. Add a few drops of bergamot oil. Use this mask to get glowing skin.
4. Radish Juice-Oatmeal Scrub
Mix radish juice with whisked egg white and oatmeal powder. Use it as a natural skin polisher.
5. Radish Juice For Freckles And Blemishes
Use the fresh juice of radish on your skin for twenty minutes regularly to treat freckles, blemishes, and blackheads.
How To Select Radishes
Radishes add a different crunchiness and taste to any dish. Here are a few tips to help you buy good quality radishes.
Always look for medium-sized radishes.
- The vegetable should be firm.
- Look out for roots – they should be crisp. Soft roots mean they are old and well past their prime time.
- The leaves should be bright green.
- The leaves should be free of blemishes and be crisp.
- The root should not be oversized.
- The skin should be smooth and not cracked.
How To Store Radishes
- As soon as you get radishes from the market, make sure you separate it from all the greens in your bag.
- Use a firm brush to dust off sand or other dirt deposited on the skin.
- Rinse it thoroughly under cold water.
- Take a re-sealable bag and layer the bottom with few paper towels. Put a few damp radishes. Now, put another layer of paper towels and add more radishes on top. Squeeze out excess air from the bag before closing.
- The previous tip would help your radish stay fresh for more than a week.
A Few Ways Of Enjoying Radish In Your Dishes
- Wash and slice a fresh radish. Now add a little bit of salt and eat it raw. You can even add some butter.
- Make a crisp toast for yourself and butter it generously. Now put thin slices of radish over it and enjoy it with tea during snacks time.
- Heat some olive oil and sauté thick slices of radish. Sprinkle some sea salt and enjoy eating them. You may also grill radish with olive oil and add sea salt.
- If you can pickle cucumber and onions, why not radish? Pickle radish along with red onions and use it as a spicy topping for tacos.
- Use it as a filling in recipes like Zucchini blossoms.
- Use it for chutney and serve as a dip for crackers and other veggies.
- Enjoy it in soups.
- The greens of radish can be enjoyed in salads, stews, curries and soups as well.
Daikon Radish Recipes
As daikon radish is versatile as a vegetable, it is easy to incorporate it in your daily diet. Whether you eat it raw in the form of salads or include it in your favorite curry, it is going to benefit your health in many ways. If you are looking for a few easy daikon radish recipes, here are three amazing recipes for you.
1. Daikon Radish Pickle
- Daikon radish – 2 cups (chopped)
- Salt – 4 tsps
- Black pepper – ½ tsp (ground)
- Sesame oil – ½ tsp
- Rice vinegar – 1 ½ tsp
- Wash a medium daikon radish and chop it.
- The chopped radish pieces and salt are to be tossed in a mixing bowl.
- Cover and refrigerate the mix for about half-an-hour. You will notice about two spoons of water being released.
- The water is to be drained, and the daikon pieces should now be rinsed so that the salt is removed.
- If possible, pat the pieces dry with paper towel and put them back in the bowl.
- Add black pepper, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Stir thoroughly.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 10 hours. The delicious pickle is ready!
2. Daikon Radish Chips
- Daikon radish
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- You need to cut a daikon radish into thin circular slices.
- Preheat the broiler and spray olive oil on the baking sheet.
- Now place the radish slices and spray olive oil once again.
- It is to be broiled for about 7 or 8 minutes.
- Now flip the slices and again broil for about 6 or 7 minutes.
- Season with pepper, salt, and garlic powder.
- The radish chips are great to taste.
Every time you plan a get-together with your friends, keep the radish chips handy, in case a pal prefers vegetarian chips instead of chicken pakoras. However, you need to make sure that the cooking time is adjusted according to the thickness of the radish slices so that you don’t end up over-cooking the daikon pieces.
3. Daikon Chicken Roast
- Daikon radish – 1 kg (chopped)
- Chicken – 2 kgs
- Butter – 4 tbsp
- Black pepper – powdered
- The oven is to be preheated to 375 degrees.
- Place a saucepan on a low flame and melt three spoons of butter.
- Toss the daikon pieces in the melted butter.
- Season it with pepper and salt. Now place the pieces in the pan for roasting.
- After having treated the daikon pieces, it is time to pay attention to the chicken pieces. Rinse the chicken and make sure it is thoroughly cleaned to rid of bacteria and blood stains.
- Now season the chicken inside as well as outside with pepper and salt. After that, the chicken is to be brushed with the remaining one spoon of butter and placed on top of the daikon pieces.
- Roast the seasoned daikon and chicken for 1 to 1 ½ hour. Stir the daikon occasionally. Wait for 15 minutes and then carve out a slice for yourself and your family.
Radish USDA Nutrition Facts
Here is all you need to know about the radish nutrition facts
|Principle||Nutrient Value||Percentage of RDA|
|Total Fat||0.10 g||<1%|
|Dietary Fiber||1.6 g||4%|
|Vitamin A||7 IU||<1%|
|Vitamin C||14.8 mg||25%|
|Vitamin E||0 mg||9%|
|Vitamin K||1.3 µg||1%|
A cup of radish contains 19 calories, 4 gram carbohydrate, 2 gram fiber and 1 gram protein. Some other nutrients like 29mg of calcium, 0.4mg of iron, 11.6mg of magnesium, 23.2mg of phosphorous and 270mg of potassium are also present. Since a good proportion of these nutrients are available in radish, it must be included as a part of your diet every day.
Though sometimes pungent in taste, radishes are full of nutrients, as you must have realized from the post above. Daily consumption of radishes tends to keep us fit and healthy, especially in summers.
Go and enjoy this root vegetable!
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