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Radish (raw) Ayurveda Medicinal Properties
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Diaphoretic, Diuretic
Effect: Rajasic, Alkalizing
Recommended for: Spring
Type: Roots
Moves energy: Outward

Serving Size: 1 tbsp
Species: Raphanus sativus
Family: Brassicaceae
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This unassuming root vegetable packs more health benefits than you may suspect. By stimulating the flow of bile, radishes are a useful tool for fat digestion, decongesting the gall bladder, and cleansing of both the liver and the blood. They have also been used to break up gallstones and kidney stones.

In order to best utilize these benefits, radish juice is recommended. Drink in increasing doses from 1/2 to 2 cupfuls daily, continued over several weeks, then decreasing back down to 1/2 cup. Radishes are also low on the glycemic index and are a negative calorie food. This means you burn more calories digesting them than they contain.

Radishes and Blood Pressure

Radishes are high in potassium which is helps keep blood pressure at safe levels. Potassium lowers blood pressure because its effects are opposite of those of sodium. Salt, which is sodium based, increases water retention. Potassium, on the other hand, is a diuretic that flushes water from the body. The National Institute of Health DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) recommends increasing potassium, calcium, and magnesium to keep blood pressure at healthy levels.

Raw radish strongly provokes Pitta in the digestive tract. It clears food stagnation and has a laxative effect due to its diuretic nature, all while having a cooling effect on the blood. Vata individuals be warned, radishes may be difficult to digest and create gas for your dosha.

Raw brassicas contain chemicals that can block thyroid function called goitrogens. These chemicals are easily inactivated by steaming or cooking.
The word radish derives from the latin word for root, "radix." Domesticated in Europe in pre-Roman times, radishes are an edible root of the Brassicaceae family. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. They are inexpensive, grow quickly and are cultivated and eaten throughout the world. As a root, they store well over winter and are often pickled. In Oaxaca, Mexico citizens carve figures out of radishes on "Noche de Los Rabanos" (Night of the Radishes) as part of Christmas festivities, pictured below.

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Use the crisp texture and vibrant color of radishes to make your salads and hors d'ouvres tasty and visually appealing. Radishes pair well with dill, as well. You may also grill them after marinating in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The pungent and peppery flavor of raw radishes can be toned down by cooking or pickling, as is common in Korea and other Asian countries. Radish leaves can be somewhat rough and abrasive. Other Brassicas such as arugula offer a softer yet still pungent leaf.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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