An unassuming root, radishes are full of body benefits that you may have never expected. Read on to find out more about the hidden nutritional benefits of radishes.
Can aid in weight loss
Radishes are high in water, fibre, and nutrients, but low in calories and fat. Being high in water and fibre make them more filling, which can help reduce hunger cravings and, alongside their low calories, can aid in weight loss. Fibre content in radishes make them great for gut health too, which can positively benefit overall health and mental and physical wellness.
High in antioxidants
Radishes are a great source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant that can help the body fight free radical damage to skin cells and the body. This can help to protect the body from toxin damage- such as damage from the sun, and can also be extremely beneficial for the skin, specifically by helping to slow signs of premature ageing.
Can support the digestive system
Radishes have high levels of fibre, which is great for promoting gut health as fibre aids the growth of good bacteria in the gut. A healthy and diverse gut microbiome can have positive effects throughout the body and mind, including promoting a healthy digestive system and helping those who struggle with constipation. This fibre can also help to regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol levels.
Has antifungal properties
Radishes are a natural antifungal- containing the antifungal protein RsAFP2. In studies, this protein has been shown to cause cell death in Candida Albicans, which is a fungus commonly found within humans that, when it flourishes, can cause yeast infections and thrush. Therefore, eating more radishes may reduce your risk of developing yeast infections in the body, but most studies may need to be carried out to mark their effectiveness.
Can improve the appearance of skin
The high levels of vitamin c, zinc, and phosphorus is radishes can help to target and reduce skin dryness, acne, rashes and irritation on the skin. Phosphorus can help the skin to grow and repair so can be beneficial for scarring and irritation, zinc is anti-inflammatory so can be beneficial for reducing inflammatory acne, and vitamin C plumps the skin by promoting collagen production.
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