What are the health benefits of eating radishes?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, the radish shares the cancer-protective actions of its cousins broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts. It has also been used as a medicinal food for liver disorders throughout history. Radishes contain a variety of sulfur-based chemicals that increase the flow of bile, thus helping to maintain a healthy gallbladder and liver and improving digestion.

In India, both radish roots and greens are used not only to prevent vitamin C deficiency, but as a diuretic, as an expectorant, to treat gastric discomfort, and as a laxative. Radish seeds are also used for cosmetic purposes. An emulsion of radish seeds, applied to the face, is said to remove blackheads and freckles. Cooking destroys the vitamin C content of the root. Radish greens, which can be added to green salads, have more vitamin C, calcium, and protein than the roots.
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