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The Incredible Health Benefits of Radishes


Radishes are not an uncommon food, but they’re often overlooked because they’re rarely ever eaten on their own and often added to other dishes as a side or topping. But radishes can hold their own when it comes to health benefits! As a member of the Brassicaceae family (which also includes mustard and cabbage), radishes contain lots of great vitamins and nutrients that contribute to our overall health. Plus there’s many different kinds of radishes to choose from, like cherry belle radishes (which are probably the most common), as well as french breakfast radishes, daikon (Chinese) radishes, black Spanish radishes, and Easter egg radishes which are all among the most common.

Here’s a look at 12 of the most incredible health benefits that can come from eating radishes on a more regular basis…

1. Good Source of Potassium

First up, potassium. Radishes contain potassium which has many great affects on the body, the best being that it works to lower our blood pressure which is especially important for people who suffer from hypertension. It also promotes good blood flow in the body. “This mineral supports proper fluid balance in the body by acting as a diuretic in opposition to sodium. The symptoms of a sodium/potassium imbalance include swollen ankles or fingers, extreme thirst and irregular heartbeat to name a few. A long-term fluid imbalance like this can contribute to high blood pressure,” writes Chatelaine.

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