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Radish is an extremely useful and undeservedly forgotten root vegetable. It is very rich in vitamins and microelements - 100 grams of a vegetable contains more than 30% of the daily value of vitamin C and 14% of the norm of potassium, therefore, with spring vitamin deficiency, high blood pressure, and nervous excitability, it is highly recommended to use radish.
The vegetable contains B vitamins, vitamin E, K, useful sugars and phytoncides that protect the body from viruses. But even with so many nutrients in the root vegetable, it should be consumed carefully, and some people are completely prohibited from eating radish.
Why can a root vegetable have contraindications?
Radish has a very pronounced bitter taste and a special crunchy texture. The peppery taste of the vegetable is determined by the glucosinolates contained in it, which contain sulfur, nitrogen and glucose. The radish also contains the enzyme myrosin, which is found in radishes and mustard.
When combined, these two enzymes form allyl mustard oil, which is considered toxic if consumed too much. Both the oil and special enzymes in the root vegetable can irritate the mucous membrane, exacerbate chronic gastrointestinal diseases, some varieties of radish cause severe allergies.
When and to whom is there?
Without fear, radish in moderation can be eaten by healthy adults and children over 12 years old. Medicinal potions and decoctions from vegetables can be given to children from 8 years old, provided that there are no allergic reactions.
The root vegetable is extremely specific in taste, so it is recommended to mix it in vegetable salads with cabbage, radishes, cucumbers. The maximum daily value of a vegetable for a healthy person is 200 grams.
In folk recipes, the root vegetable, especially in combination with honey, is used in the treatment of:
- chronic constipation.
Radish juice, thanks to its beneficial properties:
- cleanses the blood from toxins;
- improves liver function;
- copes well in complex therapy with jaundice, as it removes bilirubin from the body;
- and prevents the destruction of red blood cells.
For acute urinary tract infections, it is also recommended to consume radish juice. Due to the presence of phytoncides in the composition, it helps to suppress the growth of viruses and bacteria, thereby accelerating recovery.
With all these diseases, as well in vegetable diets for weight loss, radish can be consumed in moderation almost daily.
Read about how to use radish with honey for coughing here, and for other various diseases - here.
It is impossible
It is highly discouraged to consume radish for the following diseases:
- stomach ulcer;
- duodenal ulcer;
- a tendency to diarrhea.
The enzymes included in the vegetable, which give it a sharp and bitter taste, are very irritating to the inflamed intestines and can exacerbate the course of the disease. The fiber in the root vegetable is very difficult to digest even by a healthy body.
For any diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the use of radish is not recommended. With severe kidney disease, the bitter vegetable should also be excluded from the diet.
Extremely carefully, in small portions, you can use a spicy vegetable for children from 8 to 12 years old, pregnant and lactating women, people with diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
The benefits and harms of eating a root vegetable
With diabetes mellitus (type 1 and 2)
Many people wonder whether it is possible to eat a root vegetable with type 1 and 2 diabetes or not. The glycemic index of a radish is only 12 units. The vegetable content in the diet is highly recommended for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
The root vegetable accelerates metabolism, helps to lose weight if desired, and promotes the slow flow of glucose into the blood. In combination with other vegetables, it gives a long feeling of satiety, reduces the glycemic index of all other foods that enter the body along with the radish. Regular consumption of the root vegetable helps people with diabetes:
- cleanse the circulatory system of toxins that daily enter the patient's body along with medications;
- release blood vessels from cholesterol plaques;
- thanks to the iron contained in the radish, increase hemoglobin;
- reduce puffiness;
- gently stabilize blood pressure;
- to strengthen the immunity reduced by drugs.
With diabetes, the root vegetable can be eaten raw, in combination with other fresh vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, young cabbage, radishes, green salad). It is worth limiting the consumption of the vegetable to 100 grams per day and not adding it to the diet more than twice a week. You should first consult with your doctor in order to exclude gastrointestinal diseases.
Radish during pregnancy has an extremely positive effect on the body of both the mother and the baby, as it saturates the body:
- vitamins C and group B;
Radish helps to accelerate metabolism and prevents the expectant mother from gaining excess weight.
It is contraindicated during pregnancy if a woman has a uterine tone, since the essential oils contained in the root vegetable have the ability to enhance it. Also, you should not eat a root vegetable if the expectant mother has a tendency to gas production or diarrhea.
In all other cases, regular, two to three times a week, the use of 100-150 grams of radish in vegetable salads will only benefit the expectant mother.
If a patient with gout is not diagnosed with gastrointestinal diseases, the radish is not only allowed for consumption, but also highly recommended. The vegetable has the properties to remove excess salts from the body, the juice from the root vegetable copes well with edema.
- The introduction of a spicy vegetable salad into the diet is very useful, since the inflammatory processes in the patient's body will gradually fade away. Radish will increase immunity, promote wound healing.
- For the treatment of gout, it is recommended to mix freshly squeezed juice of a vegetable garden with honey (2 tablespoons of juice per 1 teaspoon of honey) and take in the morning with breakfast, having previously consulted with your doctor.
- For external treatment, it is extremely useful to apply grated root vegetable to sore joints, as well as rub them with fresh juice and honey. Radish draws salts from the body, so such compresses greatly alleviate the patient's condition.
With gastritis, like any diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the use of a spicy vegetable is prohibited. Radish contains too coarse fiber, which is difficult for even a healthy body to digest. The phytoncides and allyl mustard oil contained in the root vegetable can aggravate the course of the disease, since they act on the mucous membrane extremely irritatingly.
Radish in the first months of HS is not recommended, as its bitter-spicy taste changes the taste of milk, and the baby can refuse to breast. A large amount of indigestible fiber in a vegetable can provoke colic and diarrhea in a baby. In addition, the root crop often causes allergies.
One to two teaspoons of the grated vegetable can be added to the salads of a nursing mother no earlier than the baby is six months old.
Thus, radish is a very useful root vegetable that contains many vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron and a large amount of coarse fiber, which helps to cleanse the body. For a healthy person, its use is highly recommended. But it is precisely because of the fiber and sharp oils in some diseases, in particular the gastrointestinal tract, that it is worth excluding it from the diet completely or beforehand it is imperative to consult a doctor.