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Are Radishes Bad For You?

Also Known As: Raphanus sativus



Short answer

Radishes are not bad for you-- to the contrary! They provide a host of nutrients and have many wonderful effects on your body.



Long answer

Radishes are a delicious addition to salads, and even make a nice snack on their own. However, these little red and white vegetables are more than just the crunchy topping you love (or love to hate!)-- your body loves them too! Radishes are a source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens your immune system, prevents infections and viral illnesses, and even clears free radicals from your body, thereby preventing cancers, heart disease, and stroke. They also contain indigestible carbohydrates, or fiber, which keeps you regular, helps manage weight, and regulates blood sugar. Because of this, they are low on the glycemic index, which is great news for people living with diabetes. They are also very filling, and because of their low caloric content are great for those wanting to lose or manage their weight.

Radishes are a great detoxifier and can, therefore, clear toxins from your body. They detoxify your liver and stomach, and also remove the excess bile pigment bilirubin from the blood. This means that they can be used for treating jaundice as bilirubin is what causes the yellowing of the eyes and skin. In addition, radishes are a diuretic and have anti-inflammatory properties and because of this are good for urinary disorders-- radishes increase urinary production and take away the burning sensation. Of course, a doctor should be consulted before starting treatment for any illness.

If that wasn't enough, radishes have a high water content which helps keep you hydrated. This, along with their anti-inflammatory properties may be why they have been shown to relieve fevers. Not only do they lower your body temperature, but they reduce the inflammation associated with fever. It is no wonder radishes are used in Eastern medicine to remove heat from the body, especially during those warm summer months. So if it's a scorcher out there, if you're feeling a little under the weather or even if there is nothing wrong at all, eating a few radishes may be the answer to your body's needs!

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  • keeps you hydrated and cool
  • promotes healthy fetal growth
  • promotes weight loss
  • prevents constipation
  • prevents heart disease, cancer, and stroke
  • clears toxins from your body
  • treat jaundice and urinary conditions
  • strengthens the immune system

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Written by Lindsay | 02-07-2016

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