Red radish (Raphanus sativus) boasts very low calorie levels, it is a refreshing source of vitamins B and C and offers many health benefits and properties for the body.
It is a small annual plant native to Europe and southern Asia that belongs to the Brassicaceae family.
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Health benefits of pink radish
- With high levels of vitamin C and B9, fiber, potassium and magnesium, red radishes play a part in keeping the immune system and nervous system up and running. They help reduce exhaustion, protect cells against oxidizing stress and act to prevent of various cancers.
- Sulfur compounds contained in the radish are what gives it that spicy zing, and they stimulate appetite.
- Best select young radish and eat them fresh, to reduce presence of these substances.
- Red radish is recommended to support slow digestion and remedy aerophagia and flatulence.
- Slices of fresh radish are great to cool sunburns and erythema.
Growing radish for its health benefits
To grow red radish, warm and full sun exposure is needed. It needs rich, cool and light soil, even perhaps sandy and well drained.
- Watch out for slugs and snails that love radish seedlings.
- Cabbage fly attacks their roots.
Red radishes do great in pots 10 inches (25 cm) deep.
→ Actively thin your plants or else roots won’t grow thick. Sandy soil mix that drains very well should be your medium of choice.
Cooking red radish for its health benefits
Radish leaves are replete with iron, vitamins and nutrients: write them up on your menu (in a radish tops soup, for instance), add them to mixed salads with other leaves.
Radish Nutritional content
These small refreshing and appetite-inducing vegetables are rich in:
- vitamin C
- and minerals such as potassium and sulfur.
- Fiber eases transit.
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