Radish (Sativus) is well known all around the world as a part of salad. Radish is a juicy vegetable and its taste is sweet and hot also. It is very crispy in eating, so people love to eat radish in the raw form in salad. Some people also cook it as a dish. In this dish people add its leaves also. Radish is available in many colours like white, red, pink, purple and black. It is available in two shapes – cylindrical and round.
It belongs to the Barssicaceae family. In some parts of the world radish is also known as Daiken. It is believed that radish has been cultivated in southern Asia and Egypt since 2780 BC. In the beginning, its colour was black and later on white radish was grown in the fields.
Radish was an admired vegetable in ancient Greece. Herbalists of that time advised to eat radish for lowering the impact of alcohol. Radish is a good source of Vitamin C, energy and carbohydrates. It also contains dietary fiber, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, vitamin B1, iron, magnesium etc.
It belongs to the family of brassica group and is good for the prevention of cancer of lungs and alimentary tract. It puts a stop on the configuration of carcinogens in the body and blocks cancer causing elements from responding with responsive body tissues. It contains isothiocyanates in it, which are useful in preventing cancer.
There are many health benefits of white radish or daikon radish. It is also used to treat patients of jaundice. Its leaves are very useful in this regard. Radish puts a check on the destruction of red blood cells in patients affected with jaundice. Radish acts as a blood purifier. By purifying blood it provides oxygen to blood cells for better health. It is also good for the health of liver.
Radish is also beneficial in urinary disorders. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it helps in reducing inflammation in the urinary tract. It also prevents kidney infections. By the cleansing of kidneys, radish removes toxic elements from the blood. It is also advised for the patients of constipation.
As radish contains a lot of water in it, it is good for those who want to lose their body weight. Radish fills your tummy without giving you calories. It is very good for those who are on dieting. Radish is full of nutrients so it is advised to eat radish daily. But avoid eating it at night because it can cause acidity.
Radish is also good for the health of skin. It is a great source of Vitamin C & B, zinc and phosphorous. These nutrients are good for skin health. It is used by beauticians as an ingredient of face packs also. Mashed raw radish is also used as a body cleanser. You can also apply its juice on rashes and minor cracks. Its juice is also good for treating insect bites and bee stings.