Since living in Arizona and California I have seen some interesting radishes such as watermelon radish, which looks like a miniature watermelon, and one of my favorite now the Black Radish. This radish has so many health benefits it should be at the top of your list for healing! Even though the red radish is most popular the black radish far outweighs the red radish in benefits.
This radish is part of the mustard family and originally grown in Ancient Egypt. It is used by many for medicinal purposes. Black radish became popular with its long shelf life and used as an aid in preventing and treating scurvy. It contains high amounts of some vitamins and minerals, and is sometimes used to treat nutritional deficiencies. The black radish has a high content of sulfur, potassium, iron and magnesium.
Winter is a great time to be consuming black radish since it has a significant amount of vitamin C and other nutrients to help keep your immune system strong. Radishes in general are of cooling thermal nature so for people that are cold should limit or avoid radishes.
Here are some benefits of the Black Radish:
Great Source of Fiber – black radish is high in fiber and water – works well to regulate bowel movements.
Digestion – balances digestive flora due to its antibacterial properties. When good bacteria in your digestive tract become out of balance you can experience constipation or bloating, pain, illness, fatigue and diarrhea.
Clear the Sinuses – great for reducing mucous conditions and clearing the sinuses, hoarseness, phlegm, and sore throats. In Asia it is a common remedy to treat bronchitis and coughs.
Acid Reflux, Indigestion and Abdominal Swelling – it increases urine production which is linked to the digestive process as it facilitates the elimination of food that remains stagnant and toxic. Black radish has antibacterial effects that help to reduce pathogens through the digestive tract and reduces indigestion, abdominal bloating and acid reflux.
Supports Gallbladder Function – Black radish is known for stimulating effects on bile production, liver detoxification, and cleaning of the gallbladder which holds and distributes bile to your digestive tract. This medicinal radish assists the body in removing bladder and kidney stones. A traditional Western remedy for gallstones, kidney and bladder stones.
Benefits the circulatory system – This root vegetable helps to purify the blood.
Regulate Blood Pressure – Research shows that the potassium content of black radish helps to regulate blood pressure. This has to do with the sodium/potassium ratio. When a person is low in potassium their salt levels become out of balance which can lead to high blood pressure.
Treat Coughs and Colds – For centuries black radish has been used for medicinal purposes in soups, natural cough syrups and powdered capsules because of its cleansing properties within the respiratory system.
Antimicrobial and Antiviral Properties – Helps to protect the immune system from bacterial infections and viruses such as colds and the flu.
Thyroid Problems /Hormonal Balance – In Russia, this radish was used for a very long time in treating thyroid problems or those related to hormonal balance. The raphanin in black radish helps maintain hormone levels secreted by the thyroid gland and some medics claim it helps with hyperthyroidism or Grave’s disease.
It was shown in one study that black radish juice provided more protection than penicillin against E. coli bacteria.
For those who have severe thyroid issues you will want to avoid radishes.
I have two simple awesome recipes for you using Black Radishes.
Black Radish Chips
Slice radish thin, sauté’ in butter (I used Ghee) then salt and pepper. These are yummy almost taste like a potato chip. The butter cuts the pungent taste making it much milder.
Black Radish Mixture
Grate radishes, mix with olive oil and
ground black pepper – This is great to spice up your meals!
Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford