Radish is an edible root vegetable of the Brassicaceae family. Radishes were domesticated in Europe in pre-Roman times. They are grown and consumed worldwide and are mostly eaten raw as a crunchy salad vegetable.
Researchers have discovered that radishes are perfect for the liver and stomach, and they act as a powerful detoxifier as well. Studies have found that radishes help to purify the blood and eliminate toxins and waste. They are instrumental in treating jaundice because they can remove bilirubin and keep its production stable. Radishes reduce the destruction of red blood cells in people who have jaundice by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen to the blood. Black radishes are more preferred in the treatment of jaundice, and radish leaves are also beneficial in treating jaundice.
Research is being conducted on radishes and their ability to treat cancer because they are known detoxifiers and are high in vitamin C, folic acid, and anthocyanins. Research shows promising results, especially when treating colon, kidney, stomach, and oral cancer. Radishes, as do other cruciferous vegetables, are packed with antioxidants. Radishes contain isothiocyanates that impact the genetic pathways of cancerous cells. Isothiocyanates alter the paths so that they can cause cell death, stopping cancerous cells from reproducing.
Researchers have known that radishes are an excellent source of potassium known for reducing blood pressure. Potassium can relax the blood vessels and therefore increase blood flow. The potassium in radishes is also known to lower blood pressure by widening the blood flow instead of forcing it through narrow, constricted channels.
Many studies have found that radish is a natural antifungal. Radishes contain the antifungal protein RsAFP2. A recent study found that RsAFP2 can cause cell death in Candida albicans. It is a common fungus typically seen in humans. Candida albicans may cause vaginal yeast infections, oral yeast infections (thrush), and invasive candidiasis. A promising study in mice has shown that RsAFP2 was effective against Candida albicans and other Candida species but to a lesser degree. More research is being conducted on radishes and their ability as a natural antifungal.
Radishes have 1 gram of fiber per serving. Consuming a couple of servings each day can help you reach your daily fiber intake. Fiber is well known to help prevent constipation by bulking up stool which helps waste move through the intestines. Fiber is also thought to help manage blood sugar levels and is linked to weight loss and lower cholesterol. The leaves of radishes may be especially beneficial. Results of a study on rats fed a high-cholesterol diet suggest that radish leaves are a good source of fiber to help improve digestive function. It may be partially due to increased bile production. Another promising study found that radish juice may help prevent gastric ulcers by protecting gastric tissue and strengthening the mucosal barrier. It is essential because the mucosal barrier protects the stomach and intestines against unfriendly microorganisms and damaging toxins that may cause ulcers and inflammation.