No one spends a lot of time thinking about radishes. But people should reserve a few minutes here and there to consider this root vegetable. It was domesticated thousands of years ago, and today there are at least 36 different types. The world produces seven million tons yearly. Americans gobble up about 400 million pounds annually. Still not impressed? Even though they are small, radishes deliver a big punch of health benefits. Here are six to consider.
Their taste and culinary versatility make radishes extremely attractive to those looking to shed pounds. It also helps that they are low in calories and carbohydrates and contain almost no fat. High in water and fiber, radishes also help control the urge to eat less healthy foods.
Anthocyanins in radishes are a flavonoid with antioxidant effects that support heart health. Anthocyanin-rich foods may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and have positive impacts on cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
This potassium-filled vegetable helps the body balance fluids, thereby lowering blood pressure. Radishes also synthesize collagen, which builds up blood vessel walls. It reduces the risk of atherosclerosis.
Since they are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, radishes can offset the reproduction of cancer cells. They also hold a fair share of folic acid, anthocyanins, and vitamin C, which can be effective in helping kidney, stomach cancer, colon and mouth cancers.
Radish root, juice, extract, and sprouts may help fight diabetes by enhancing the body’s antioxidant defense mechanism and triggering positive glucose changes. They also may reduce glucose absorption in the intestines, which can help lower blood sugar levels.
As little as half a cup of radishes deals out almost 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. It can help offset or even prevent cell damage caused by aging, toxins and other factors. Vitamin C also helps fight the common cold and illnesses from stress.
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