Radishes are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet with a Nutrivore Score of 5863! In addition to being a good source of vitamin C, biotin and polyphenols, radishes are one of the most concentrated sources of glucosinolates we can choose! Glucosinolates are particularly well-known for their anticancer properties and some types of can upregulate genes involved in protecting against DNA damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress, as well as increase the activity of phase II enzymes (such as quinone reductase and glutamate cysteine ligase) that help remove toxic substances and carcinogens from the body. They’ve also been shown to improve glycemic control in patients with obesity and poorly controlled type 2 diabetes as well as reduce hepatic gluconeogenesis. They have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, delay progression of osteoarthritis, and are cardioprotective. No wonder studies show that eating 2 servings of cruciferous veggies per day (the veggie family radishes belong to) reduces all-cause mortality risk by 22% compared to only eating 2 servings per week. I mean, there’s nothing rad-ish about radishes… they’re totally rad!
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