The radish is one of the most water-rich vegetables (93 to 95%) after cucumber, zucchini and lettuce. He thus participates in the good hydration of the body. But that’s not its only nutritional quality!
A supplier of vitamin C and minerals
Radishes are practically zero calories, no fat, and almost no carbohydrates. But they represent a excellent source of vitamin C and nutrients. This vitamin, along with zinc and phosphorus, can help you fight dry skin, acne, and rashes. Vitamin C also stimulates the immune system, helps regulate metabolism, and allows converting fat into energy.
100 g of radish provides between 6 and 20 mg of vitamin C, or 10 to 25% of the recommended daily allowance. This vitamin, which promotes the formation of red blood cells, is anti-anemic.
This vegetable is also a concentrate of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, sulfur … essential for the various functions of the organism (nervous system, muscular system…).
What are the main health benefits of radish?
Radish cleanses the body
Radish, especially black, contains sulfur compounds with cholagogue properties.” Radishes increase the secretion and fluidity of bile, which promotes good elimination of fats and toxins,” explains the dietitian. They also facilitate the regeneration of liver cells, which makes them a good detoxifying the hepatic system “, explains Véronique Liégeois, dietician-nutritionist.
Radish promotes good heart health
The radish has various antioxidants (vitamin C, provitamin A, selenium, zinc, etc.). It is in particular a good source ofanthocyanins. Those flavonoids, that give the radish its red color, help to keep the heart in shape.”Antioxidants preserve the heart and blood vessels,” informs the dietician, “by helping to lower cholesterol and homocysteine, a substance that increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. ”
Radish kills fungus
Radishes are an agent antifungal natural. the radish juice contains enzymes of interest against Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for yeast infections.
It helps you stay hydrated
The high water content of radishes helps to moisturize the skin of the face and body. Staying hydrated helps maintain good energy levels, improves mood, and helps inhibit kidney infections.
It stimulates the digestive system
Radishes are rich in fiber, which help the digestive system to function well, and to better manage blood sugar. Another advantage: they increase the supply of fresh oxygen in the blood in the event of jaundice, of liver attack Where hepatitis.
Radish helps prevent cancer
The radish contains various antioxidants of interest in the prevention of cancer. There are isothiocyanates, anthocyanins, kaempferol, peroxidase. These items are higher in black radish than in other varieties.“They inhibit and slow down the development of cancer cells,” says dietitian Véronique Liégeois. They have a preventive action against certain cancers (lung, ovarian, colon and kidney cancer). But to benefit from their strengths, it must be consumed several times a week.
Radish is not recommended in some cases. “Like all crucifers, radish can cause bloating, abdominal pain, even diarrhea”, recalls Véronique Liégeois. It is, therefore, better to limit its consumption if you have a sensitive intestine or suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Also, avoid radish in case of obstruction of the bile ducts (stones). But it is recommended against recurrences.
How to choose and store radishes?
- When purchasing, choose firm radish with nice tops.
- Prefer them small when opting for pink radishes
- Black radish has a spicy taste.
- White (daikon) and red meat are sweeter.
- Store red radishes for three days in the fridge or immerse them in cold water. the Black radish and the asian radish keep for several weeks in a perforated bag in a cool place.
How to consume them?
Radish is eaten raw in a salt crunch, in slices on bread and butter slices, in a salad with carrots, mint leaves, lemon zest.
Radish can also be eaten cooked, especially black radish and Japanese. It can be grilled, boiled, roasted with a little sesame oil, and served as an accompaniment to white meat or poultry, prepare as a soup.
What are our radish-based recipes?
After discovering all the benefits of this vegetable, we offer you some radish recipes concocted by Santé Magazine.
- Green salad, radish and poached egg
- Black radish salad and sprouted seeds
- Scallop carpaccio and black radish tartare with chives