Horseradish: The Bold And Beautiful Burn

We generally include horseradish in different meals as a spice similar to mustard, but much do you really know about the horseradish plant? Here are some dinner conversation tidbits about this root. Click here to find out what this plant has in common with both mustard and fizzy drinks.

1. Good for digestion

Horseradish has volatile phytochemical compounds; these are what give it its bite! They help to stimulate the secretion of salivary, gastric and digestive enzymes, aiding in the digestion process.

2. Good source of vitamin C

A 100g serving of fresh horseradish holds 41% of the daily recommended amount of this water-soluble anti-oxidant. Vitamin C is a great immune-booster and helps to ward off inflammation.

3. Immune booster

A report, published in the Journal of Cell Biology, detailed the impact of the consumption of this root on the immune system of mice, discovering that it contributed to the effective destruction of antigens. It was also found to stimulate the production of leukocytes and phagocytes (important immune-supporting antibodies).

4. Natural cure

A product called Angocin Anti-Infekt N, containing both horseradish root and nasturtium, has been found by early research to reduce the symptoms of acute bronchitis, sinusitis and urinary tract infections as effectively as antibiotics, after one to two weeks of consumption.

5. Anti-cancer properties

A study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2005, discovered that horseradish has anti-cancer properties. A 60microgram/mL concentration of horseradish inhibited the growth of colon, lung and stomach cancer cells by 28%, 17% and 44% respectively.

6. Antidote to food poisoning

In the Journal of Biofactors, 2000, a study was published indicating that this plant contains a component (AIT) that slows down the growth of food- poisoning bacteria and fungi.

7. Horseradish is good for Detox

It also has diuretic qualities and, therefore, stimulates urination. This assists in the regular release of dangerous toxins from the body, and the cleanliness of the kidneys.

Click here to find out why you should add more spice to your life – literally!

 

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