Radishes may not be the first ingredient that comes to mind when you are getting ready to make a smoothie, but I can assure you that they can be safely used in this and many other sweet or savory smoothie recipes.
Radishes offer many health benefits and should consider eating them frequently. They contain Vitamin C, zinc, B-complex vitamins and phosphorus. All of these are very effective in treating skin disorders such as rashes and dry skin.
Radish is rich in folic acid and anthocyanins. These nutrients are very effective in fighting cancer. Nutritionists believe that radish is effective in fighting oral cancer, colon cancer and intestinal cancer as well as the cancers of the stomach and the kidneys.
Radish helps relieve respiratory congestion. This is of interest to people suffering from asthma and such respiratory conditions as bronchitis and sinusitis.
Radish also supports the gallbladder and liver functions and protects these organs from infections. It is a wonderful detoxifying food as it contains sulphur based chemicals, which regulate the production and flow of bilirubin and bile, and the production of enzymes and digestive acids. It also helps remove excess bilirubin from the blood.
Radish is a natural diuretic. in preventing and fighting urinary tract infections. Radish juice, for instance, can help to cure the burning feeling people experience during urinary tract or bladder infections. It is also an excellent kidney cleanser and detoxifier.
Now, how about the leaves?
Most people haven't got the slightest idea that radish leaves are a significant source of calcium, iron, magnesium, folate, vitamins A, C, K and many other nutrients. Not only are radish leaves edible, they are the most nutritious part of the radish plant! Instead of discarding them, you can add them to your smoothies, juices and salads.
~ Radish Detox Smoothie ~
- 1 bunch radishes
- 1/2 cup mixed sprouts: sunflower, alfalfa, radish
- 1/2 cup chopped radish leaves
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/2 fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1/2 cup Thai style coconut milk
- pinch pink Himalaya salt
- few drops of liquid stevia (optional)
- 4-5 ice cubes if you are using fresh berries
- Place radishes, sprouts and radish leaves in a blender. Add coconut water. Process for 30 seconds or so.
- Add berries, banana and the coconut milk. Process until smooth. Add ice cubes if you are using fresh berries and blend again.
- Add pinch of pink Himalayan salt and, if necessary, a few drops of liquid stevia. Process for 15 seconds. Ready!
Enjoy this delicious smoothie as often as you can. Radishes, sprouts, berries and coconut water work in synergy to provide maximum support for your body.
In radiant health, passionately raw - Dominique
*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure a disease.