The radish (Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. sativus) is an edible root vegetable of the family Brassicaceae that was domesticated in Asia prior to Roman times.
Radishes are grown and consumed throughout the world, mostly eaten raw as a crunchy salad vegetable with a pungent flavor. There are many varieties, varying in size, color, flavor, and length of time they take to mature.
Radishes are annual or biennial brassicaceous crops grown for their swollen tap roots which can be globular, tapering, or cylindrical. The root skin colour ranges from white through pink, red, purple, yellow, and green to black, but the flesh is usually white.
Health benefits of Radish are as follows:
-May provide relief from insect bites. Radishes may have antipruritic properties and can be used as treatment for insect bites and bee stings. Radish juice may also reduce pain and swelling and soothe the affected area.
-May protect kidneys. Radishes are low in potassium and phosphorus and might make a great choice for patients on hemodialysis. Radishes are also thought of as a diuretic cleanser which may help in relieving symptoms of kidney ailments.
-Skin care. Due to the presence of niacin, it may also help prevent the skin condition pellagra. The water content in radishes may also help maintain healthy moisture levels and hydration of the skin.
-Manage diabetes. Radishes have a low glycemic index which means they will not significantly affect blood sugar levels.
-May help treat Leucoderma (Vitiligo). The detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties of radishes may make their seeds useful in the treatment of leucoderma. You can eat radishes as well to help in the treatment of leucoderma.
-Improves immunity. With vitamin C it can help protect from common colds and coughs and improve the basic immune system.
-Hydration. Helps to keep the body hydrated due the water content.
-Manage blood pressure. Radish has potassium which helps lower blood pressure.
-Aid in digestion. Radishes may be rich in fiber which can add considerable bulk (and regularity) to bowel movements that may help relieve the symptoms of constipation.
-May help with urinary disorders. Radishes may be diuretic in nature, which means that they might help increase the production of urine. Also radish juice may help reduce inflammation and relieve the burning sensation during urination.
-May improve cardiovascular health. A source of Anthocyanins which is associated with reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.
Overrating radish can cause flatulence and cramps.