Black radishes are distinguished from other types of radishes both by their color and their distinctive smell. Fresh radish roots contain mustard oil glycosides, vitamins C, B1, B2, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and niacin.
If you have a garden, you should cultivate black radishes, as they offer many benefits to your health.
Black radishes were used in folk medicine to aid digestion, prevent infections, to treat lung diseases, to cure insomnia and to neutralize spider bites. Naturalists say that especially the evening consumption of black radishes cleanses the airways and fights gallstones, and their juice relieves various symptoms of rheumatism. They believe it also has beneficial effects on the functioning of the brain and can be used to prevent circulatory disturbances and reduce cholesterol levels.
Black radishes have long been used as an antidote to diabetes, and have been regarded as one of the best potency enhancers ever since the ancient times.
Black radishes are also widespread as a cure for cough. You might have heard from your grandmother that you should cut off the top of a black radish, scrape out some of the flesh, pour in some honey, and drink the resulting juice.
Raw black radish juice contains substances that help the production and quick secretion of bile. The larger quantity and slimmer bile that is produced inhibits the formation of stones.
Thanks to their low energy content, black radishes can be easily integrated into weight loss diets. They can be included in raw salads, or steamed with other vegetables.
Despite their curative effects, you should consume black radishes in moderation. Those who suffer from gastrointestinal or enteric gland inflammation may not be able to consume black radishes or their juice in larger quantities.