Horseradish (Amoracia rusticana) is a perennial herb, native to Europe and Asia.
It’s pungent, spicy taste is famous – or perhaps infamous – and many a taste bud has been shocked into submission by too liberal a helping of this humble white root.
But, prepared correctly, it not only adds a special extra zest to your food, but brings with it numerous health benefits.
The Health Benefits Of Horseradish
Horseradish roots and leaves have been well known to bring health benefits for hundreds of years. Here are some of the reasons why it has such a great reputation.
Note: this does not constitute medical advice and you should always consult your chosen medical professional, if you are unsure abut whether horseradish wild benefit you…
It clears your sinuses!
Anyone who has munched a chunk of raw horseradish root knows this to be true!
In fact, my Nanna used to chew raw horseradish whenever she had a cold.
The effect is near-instant, but it’ll make your eyes water 😉
It helps your digestive system – in moderation!
Horseradish is known to stimulate your appetite. It also helps your gastrointestinal tract to produce more digestive enzymes.
A word of warning, though: too much can act as an irritant – especially if your digestive system is sensitive or you have an ulcer.
it’s used to treat worms and parasites!
Ok, so it’s not all that nice thinking about little things creeping around in your insides, but if you have picked up worms or parasites (which many of us have), then the anti microbial properties of horseradish can help get rid of them…
It’s got lots of vitamin C
I once read a report that said 100g of fresh horseradish root contains 40% of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C . But, frankly, consuming anything like that amount would be crazy. Not only would your taste buds scream at you, but your intestines would consider going on strike.
So it’s got lots of vitamin C, but that doesn’t mean you should eat too much of it 😉
It has been used for centuries to help with lung infections, such as bronchitis, and to deal with bladder infections. Of course, of you want to try this out, please consult a qualified herbalist, to make sure you’re getting advice tailored to your individual needs.
It helps the liver detoxify cancer cells
Researchers at the University of Illinois found in 2004 that 1g per day of horseradish root may help your liver to detoxify carcinogens, as well as slowing the growth of tumours. This is due to the compounds in horseradish called glucosinolates. Wonderful news!
So the humble horseradish root has many health benefits for us, when consumed in moderation.
Buying fresh, good quality horseradish (without it being part of a sugary, pasteurised jar of sauce) can be difficult. Luckily it’s easy to grow your own,
Here’s an essential step by step guide to growing your own horseradish roots and leaves. It’s easy to do – though it can commandeer your garden, if you don’t keep it in check.
Do you enjoy eating horseradish?
Has it helped you to feel healthier?
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