All year round, you can buy green radish in the vegetable departments of supermarkets, which has beneficial properties, but also has contraindications. Many do not pay attention to it, do not know what can be prepared from it. And an inexpensive vegetable can not only be eaten, it can be used to treat some diseases, improve appearance, and normalize weight.
Green radish composition
There are different varieties of green radish, but the juicy and healthy one is margelan, its taste is a bit like daikon. The root crop is round or oval in shape. The rind is green at the top, white-green at the root.
The benefits of the root crop are determined by the rich vitamin composition:
- pantothenic acid;
- vitamin C;
- a nicotinic acid;
The nutritional value of the radish is shown in the table.
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Mineral substances (Ca, Na, Fe, Mg, P, R) contained in the root vegetable and amino acids are useful for health. Their list is so large that it makes no sense to list them, they all have a positive effect on metabolic processes in the body. Like most vegetables, green radish contains fiber, which is the basis of a healthy diet.
By consuming radish, we are cleansed with the help of dietary fiber (fiber) passing through the intestines. With their help, the body gets rid of toxins, the intestinal walls are cleansed, which contributes to the complete absorption of nutrients from food.
A full set of vitamins normalizes metabolic processes at the cellular level, therefore it is recommended to use it for people with pathologies of the endocrine system. Regular consumption of green radish normalizes blood sugar levels and lowers bad cholesterol.
For men, green radish is especially beneficial because it:
- stimulates the production of testosterone;
- prevents the development of prostatitis;
- facilitates the treatment of inflammatory processes of the genitourinary system.
Men who regularly consume dishes from green root vegetables maintain sexual activity, maintain normal weight, good condition of blood vessels. For women, nicotinic acid, which is part of the vegetable, is useful. It affects metabolic processes, improves the quality of hair, nails and skin.
Green radish juice has bactericidal properties; it is used to treat colds. It is included in recipes for strengthening and healing hair. With the help of juice, they strengthen hair follicles, fight baldness.
The benefits for the body are not limited to this, the list can be continued, since the unique composition of the root crop has a positive effect on vision, gastrointestinal tract, liver, kidneys and gallbladder. People forget what constipation is, they have an appetite.
Having learned about the beneficial properties of the root vegetable, you do not need to eat green radish in unlimited quantities. There is a consumption rate determined by nutritionists, which will benefit the body and will not cause discomfort from the gastrointestinal tract.
A healthy person needs to eat about 200 g of any dish made from green radish a day. It is most often eaten raw. You can diversify the flavor palette by combining with other vegetables, using different sauces for dressing.
Green radish in cooking: recipes
The low calorie content of the root vegetable explains its popularity among people leading a healthy lifestyle, watching their weight. When calculating calories, it is taken into account that 100 g of pulp contains 32 kcal.
What can be done and what is combined with
Healthy food lovers come up with many original combinations, combining the root vegetable with various products. In salads, radish is harmoniously combined with other vegetables:
- any greens.
When preparing the second courses, radish is added to meat, to stew (vegetable, meat). You can include it in hot meat salads. Russians' favorite dish is okroshka; instead of radish, you can crumble radish into it. There are recipes for meat soups that include it. If desired, winter preparations can be made from the root crop:
It is easy to prepare an original meat salad, which includes:
- 2 green radishes, medium size;
- 2-3 radishes;
- 200 g of white boiled chicken fillet;
- onion head;
- mayonnaise and vegetable oil - for dressing.
The radish is chopped into thin slices, the radish is peeled and cut into strips. Chop the onion in half rings. Only meat is cut into cubes. Boiled and chopped meat is fried in a frying pan greased with vegetable oil. Before serving, all ingredients are mixed and seasoned with mayonnaise. The dish is decorated with herbs.
Meat salad will decorate the festive table, and for every day you can prepare a light snack of radish with carrots, white cabbage and an apple. The proportions can be arbitrary, but most of it is radish.
Roots and an apple are rubbed on a grater. Cabbage is shredded - the thinner the better. Ready vegetables are mixed in a salad bowl, salted, pepper to taste, seasoned with vegetable oil, poured with lemon juice and served on the table.
Can pregnant women eat
Pregnancy is a crucial period in the life of any woman. Not all foods can be eaten at this time. The root vegetable contains a lot of essential oils, which, if used regularly, can increase the tone of the uterus, and this threatens the loss of the fetus. Doctors do not recommend that pregnant women eat it and use it as a remedy for colds and constipation.
How to use for medicinal purposes: recipes
Most often, the root vegetable is used in the treatment of colds. To extract juice from the radish, part of the pulp is cut out in the form of a cone and honey is poured into the depression. Covering the cut with the top, put the vegetable in any container of a suitable diameter (jar, glass).
After 7-8 hours, juice mixed with honey accumulates in the depression. Take it 1 tsp 30 minutes before meals no more than 3 times a day. This remedy is used to treat cough in adults and in children over 3 years of age.
There are two remedies for green radish gout. One for external use, the other for oral administration. Sore joints feel better after compresses and rubbing. In both cases, the green root crop is crushed to a mushy state. You can lubricate the joints with grated radish during the day, and it is better to put compresses at night. The longer the effect of the juice lasts, the more tangible the result.
Juice is prepared for ingestion. An important point is that the peel is not peeled. The root crop is thoroughly washed, soaked in soapy water, washed and chopped again. Juice is squeezed out of the resulting pulp. Store it in an airtight glass container in the dark, you need to drink 30 g of natural medicine at a time. Until a noticeable result is obtained, approximately 10 kg of root crops are consumed.
To reduce puffiness, a decoction is prepared that can be drunk throughout the day as a regular drink to quench your thirst. Wash the radish (500 g), peel and grate. Pour the resulting mass with a liter of cold water, salt (1 tsp), boil for at least 10 minutes. After cooling down, strain the drink and drink it chilled.
The fiber in the radish improves intestinal motility, which helps people suffering from constipation. To prevent them, you need to eat grated radish salad, seasoned with any vegetable oil every day. One medium-sized green root crop is enough for a day. It should be grated, salt, seasoned with 2 tbsp. l oil, eat three times during the day.
The juice of this root vegetable in combination with pumpkin is an excellent remedy for constipation. To achieve a therapeutic effect, a healthy cocktail should be drunk twice a day for a month. Prepare the drink before drinking, mix both types of juice (½ cup each) and add liquid honey to taste.
Cosmetic use: recipes
Not everyone knows that this affordable and inexpensive vegetable can be used in cosmetology and skin care. Home cosmetics:
- restore the normal function of the sebaceous glands;
- cleanse and disinfect the skin;
- improve complexion.
Homemade masks are made from green root vegetables, adding other ingredients for greater effect.
Oily hair brings a lot of inconvenience: it gets dirty quickly and spoils the appearance. There is a proven recipe for a mask for oily hair that contains green radish juice. The result will be visible after the course of treatment.
- juice of one medium-sized green radish;
- dry nettle (1 tbsp. l.);
- water (1 tbsp.).
First, dry nettle is poured with boiling water and infused for 30 minutes. Before pouring juice into the infusion, filter it. The resulting liquid must be rubbed into the scalp 30 minutes before washing. A green radish mask is more effective if you put a shower cap over your head and wrap it with a towel. The procedure must be repeated at least twice a week for a month.
Before using face masks, an allergic reaction test is performed. A small portion of the product is applied to the skin of the wrist; it cannot be used if irritation or itching occurs.
To get rid of the oily sheen of the skin, you need to mix 1 tbsp. l. juice with the protein of 1 chicken egg and apply to the surface of the face, excluding the area around the eyes. The mask is washed off after 15 minutes with plain warm water. A moisturizer is applied to clean skin.
Most girls (women) have combination skin, a different mask is suitable for them, which will even out the tone and brighten the skin. Cooking sequence:
- squeeze 1 tbsp from the green pulp. juice;
- squeeze 0.5 tbsp of lemon juice;
- mix all the ingredients with 0.5 tsp of olive oil.
The mask is applied to the face for 20 minutes and then washed off.
For dry skin, the composition is different: 1 part juice, 1 part sour cream. Cleanse the skin before applying the mask. Wash off with plain water after 20 minutes.
Weight loss benefits
Men and women dream of bringing themselves back to normal, getting rid of excess weight. For men, the problem of obesity is no less relevant than for women. Physical inactivity and the use of high-calorie foods are doing their job.
Green radish is low in calories and should be included in the menu.... Green root vegetable salads take a long time to digest, keeping you feeling full. People who suffer from increased appetite should include radish in their diet to reduce the calorie content of their diet.
For weight loss, green radish is used externally. There is a popular recipe for a slimming mask. Ingredients:
- grated pulp;
- turpentine oil;
- black pepper.
With this mixture, you need to spread the whole body, except for the head, wrap it with a towel and sit in a bath or sauna for 10 minutes, then rinse.
How to store at home
It is easier for a city dweller to store vegetables in the refrigerator, since not everyone has a cellar in large cities. It is easier for the owners of summer cottages, they can grow a useful root crop and send it to the cellar for storage. In the vegetable section of the refrigerator, the vegetable retains its beneficial properties for three months, in the cellar for longer.
Contraindications and harm
Not every person needs a radish for health. There are diseases in which any of its types (black, green) can negatively affect health. There are many essential oils in green, they give it a bitter taste. It is necessary to refrain from use for diseases of the stomach and intestines (enterocolitis, gastritis), a predisposition to gas formation.
Important! There are age restrictions: not recommended for children under three years old.
People with heart disease need to limit their intake. For those with food allergies, start with small doses. If signs of individual intolerance to the product appear, exclude it from your diet.