The benefits of radish on the liver and gallbladder - SANTE PLUS MAG

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The radish belongs to the cruciferous family, which includes among others cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. This root vegetable comes in different colors: red, black or white.

Overview of the health benefits of radish

Radish is rich in minerals, such as potassium which is important for cardiac contraction and for the balance of the nervous system, calcium, a mineral essential for the development and strengthening of bones or magnesium, which helps in muscle relaxation.

It is also high in vitamins, including:

Vitamin B9: this is very important for cell renewal, and plays an important role in the growth of children.

Vitamin C: in addition to the fact that it boosts our energy, this vitamin facilitates the absorption of iron that we consume in food, helps in the formation of collagen and stimulates the immune system.

In addition to its content of various antioxidants that help keep the heart and its vessels healthy, radish also contains dietary fiber, which aids digestion and intestinal transit.

Like cucumber, the water content of radish is very important: it contains between 93% to 95% water, which helps keep the body well hydrated.

Bonus: radish is low in calories. There are only 14 kcal per 100g. It is therefore a good slimming ally, in addition to being a good aperitif and a natural appetite suppressant.

The unexpected effects of black radish

To take care of your gallbladder and your liver, favor black radish.

This ebony-colored radish is recommended for its choleretic properties by promoting the secretion of bile, and cholagogues by facilitating the evacuation of bile to the intestine. A survey published by Preventive Nutrition and Food Science, shows how black radish promotes biliary and even liver function.

Black radish therefore helps to overcome digestive disorders of biliary origin, but also hepatic, that is, due to a malfunction of the liver. The body is thus detoxified, and the liver and gallbladder are drained. Besides another survey published by BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, shows that cruciferous vegetables like black radishes help the liver in its detoxifying function. Indeed, they help this organ to get rid of toxins that accumulate in the body, and to evacuate them in the form of bile or stool.

Black radish

Black radish - Source: spm

How to consume black radish

In the form of juice

Black radish can be eaten differently. You can for example take it in the form of juice which will detoxify your body and rid it of its toxins. For this, you will need a black radish and an apple, to give more flavor to the juice.

Peel and cut the radish into cubes, and the apple into quarters. Put them in the blender, collect the juice and voila!

You can replace the apple with carrots and add ½ fennel bulb for a detox juice.

As a salad

Black radish can also be eaten raw or in salads.

To prepare an easy salad for 4 people you will need:

  • 1 black radish
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger

Combine the salt, the grated ginger and the peeled and pressed garlic clove in a bowl, then add the olive oil and the lemon juice and stir the preparation which will serve as a sauce for your salad. In a salad bowl put the peeled and grated carrots and black radish, add the sauce and mix everything. Then you just have to serve and enjoy this quick preparation.

In the form of a pan

If the spiciness of the radish bothers you, you can opt for a pan-fried one. You can cook black radishes cut into pieces over low heat in a pan with a little olive oil and salt. Then cover your pan and cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring the radishes from time to time so that they do not burn.

You can flavor your pan-fried black radish with aromatic herbs like rosemary or thyme or just add garlic.

It's up to you to choose how to taste this food which will be of great benefit to your health. Your liver and gallbladder can only thank you for it.

However, people who have a sensitive bowel or suffer from irritable bowel syndrome should limit its consumption, because like all cruciferous vegetables, it can be a source of bloating.

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