Daily Dose of Radish: 400-800mg
Radishes are vegetables in which the roots are used as food as well as medicine. They are non-starchy, crunchy, have a mild taste, and are very low in calories, with only 6 calories per ounce. There are many different types of radishes but they all have the same basic nutritional makeup and health benefits. Because of the many health benefits it has, it is considered by some to be a superfood. Radishes have a very high vitamin C content, for their small size. Half a cup contains 14% of the daily recommended intake, or 8.6mg of vitamin C. Half a cup also has 1g of fiber which is 4% of the daily recommended intake. So eating them with a salad, for example, can increase your fiber intake, which helps lower your risk of diabetes, heart disease, diverticulitis, and colon cancer. People with diabetes might benefit from eating the non-starchy radish because it may help to lower blood sugar and prevent it from rising. However, this claim still has insufficient evidence and more research must be conducted. Radishes have shown to be effective against certain cancers because they contain a group of compounds called isothiocyanates. These compounds found in the root affect genetic pathways in the cancer cells, causing the cancer cells to die. Another good thing about radish is that it is very diet friendly. Half a cup has only 2g of carbohydrates and only 9 calories. It can also be made into a healthy vegetable juice.
The recommended therapeutic dosage for blood pressure is 400-800mg but it’s best to consult with a doctor before using radish for treating blood pressure. Just a cup of radish a day can bestow many health benefits. A cup of radish juice has all the vitamin C, potassium, copper, and iron benefits of the vegetable, which is one of the reasons why it is conducive to juicing.
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