Radish a day, keeps the allergies away…

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Recently a lady I work with told me something she heard about radishes.  She said that if you ate one whole, raw radish every day during allergy season, it can help relieve allergy symptoms and prevent the dreaded sinus infections.  I decided that it was worth looking in to.

Radishes!!!! What a little work horse these beautiful red vegetables are!  They have all sorts of health benefits I wanted to share with you.  Radishes are in the same family as kale, broccoli, and cauliflower – the Brassicaceae family.  All of the vegetables in this family contain similar nutrients, therefore, giving you similar health benefits!  I love radishes because they are a) beautiful b) so easy to grow and c) so yummy!

Here are some health benefits that radishes can provide to you:

  1. Natural anti-cancer agent. It turns out that radishes are a powerful, yet natural, anti-cancer agent.  It has been suggested that the active agent in them, indole-3 carbinole, is an anti-tumor agent – it prevents carcinogenesis and increases production of Tumor Necrosis Factor.    Find out more here.
  2. Natural anti-infective.  A substance found in radishes, called raphanin, has been proven as a very effective anti-infective.  Ancient Egyptians used radishes to treat infections.  Raphanin is found in high concentration in the radish seeds, but due to the toxic nature of the seeds, you should not ingest them.  Eating the radishes themselves can have the desired effect.
  3. Decreases blood glucose levels.  It has been predicted that the United States will be the country with the largest number of diabetic patients by the year 2025 (with India and China in close second). Many synthetic drugs are effective, but they have many undesirable side effects.  For this reason many vegetables being researched for treatment of various diseases.  Wouldn’t it be great if a simple vegetable could  help treat and even prevent this disease?  Radishes are a natural way to help keep blood glucoses levels at a normal range.  They do this by increasing utilization of glucose in the body’s peripheral cells.  Scientists recommend ingesting beets 2 hours before a meal in juice form to get optimal results.

 

Radishes have some great health benefits.  Don’t miss out on them!