This Vegetable Might Be the “Ugly Stepchild” of Your Salad, But It Has Amazing Healing Powers

Salads tend to be a staple in the diet of people seeking to optimize their health, and a favorite ingredient in salads often is radishes. Beyond flavor, though, eating radishes is showing surprising health benefits.

Radishes, surprisingly, have high concentrations of vitamin C. So, instead of drinking your morning orange juice to help to prevent and treat colds and flus, eat radishes to increase your body’s levels of vitamin C to assist your body in maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and in the production of collagen which helps to strengthen the walls of blood vessels.

Additionally, radishes are high in potassium, which can help to reduce blood pressure by relaxing the blood vessels, helping to increase blood flow.

Interestingly, radishes are also a natural diuretic which helps to heal and prevent urinary tract infections and can assist in easing the discomfort of these types of infections.

Kali Sinclair of Organic Lifestyle Magazine writes,

“The health benefits of radishes are truly impressive. They are good for the liver and stomach, the kidneys and bladder, the lungs, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system. They purify the blood and eliminate waste, detoxify the body, and are an anti-congestive. They are used to treat and prevent cancer, jaundice, constipation, urinary tract and kidney infections, skin ailments, and more.”

Yes, even cancer. Apparently, radishes have an interesting ability to detoxify the body along with containing vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins. Together, these factors make radishes especially helpful in combating “colon, kidney, intestinal, stomach, and oral cancer.”

As if all that weren’t enough, radishes can relieve congestion in the respiratory system, making them beneficial to asthmatics, and helps with gallbladder and liver functions, including bile production.

As a side note, radish juice can also help with the healing of bug bites, bee stings, and itching.

To aid you in adding more radishes into your diet, here are a few suggestions from

  • “Slice them up and eat them raw, with some real, creamy butter (this is how the French do it, and the French certainly know how to eat well and still have very low heart disease rates;

  • Slice them julienne style (kind of like matchsticks) and toss them into some risotto, which adds a tangy crunch to offset the creaminess of the rice.

  • Roast them up with some coconut oil, kosher salt, fresh butter and lemon juice — just toss together, spread on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 450°F for about 18 to 20 minutes.”

So, now you know; the new superfood may have been one you’ve been enjoying in your salad all along: radishes.