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Food Facts: Radishes

Radishes may not be the most popular vegetable in your garden, but they are probably one of the healthiest! These undervalued root vegetables are packed with nutrients and offer great health benefits. Below are the top health benefits to adding Radish to your diet.

Benefits of Radishes

Reduces Risk for Diabetes (Lower Blood Pressure)
Radishes contain chemical compounds like glucosinolate and isothiocyanate that can help regulate blood sugar levels. Eating radishes also enhances your body’s natural adiponectin production. Higher levels of this hormone can help to protect against insulin resistance. Radishes also contain coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that helps block the formation of diabetes.
Provides Antioxidants 
Antioxidants are beneficial because they can help repair oxidative stress caused by free radicals in the body. This stress can contribute to inflammation, obesity, diabetes, and other conditions.
Boosts Immunity and Energy 

A half cup of radishes daily has almost 15 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C not only boosts your immune system, it also helps regulate the metabolism and is key to the body’s process of changing fat into usable energy.

May Reduce Risk of Cancer 
A study of radish extract found that it could inhibit the proliferation of certain cancer cells in a lab setting.
Prevents Gallstones 
Radishes contain a compound called glucosinolate. It has antioxidant and anticancer properties and can decrease cholesterol levels in the liver. This, in turn, can prevent the formation of gallstones.
Cardiovascular Improvement 
Radishes are rich in antioxidants and minerals like calcium and potassium. Together, these nutrients help lower high blood pressure and reduce your risks for heart disease. The radish is also a good source of natural nitrates that improve blood flow.
Detoxifies your blood 
Radishes reduce the destruction of red blood cells caused by jaundice by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen to the blood.
Keeps you hydrated 
Hydration is good for more than skin, though. Radishes keep your whole body hydrated because of their high-water content. Good hydration can give you more energy, boost your mood and even help inhibit infections in the kidneys.
All in all, don’t sleep on adding radish to your fave summer salad or meal! Clearly, your body will not regret it.
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