An ancient Chinese proverb states, “When white radishes are in season, doctors should take a break.” You may not think of the unassuming daikon radish (along with its cousins, the black or red radish) as a healing superfood, but its properties are extremely beneficial. Daikon radish has long been considered a superfood in many Asian cultures because of its ability to re-balance the digestive system, boost the immune system, and gently cleanse the body.
A known cancer preventative, this spicy root vegetable also supports the body while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and lessens the side effects of these treatments. In addition, radish reduces inflammation, strengthens the respiratory and immune systems, facilitates weight loss, improves bowel function, reduces the risk of heart disease, regulates blood pressure and hormones, and, since it’s so rich in calcium, radish also strengthens bones.
Daikon radish is available in most Asian markets. Choose one that is firm, heavy for its weight, and not too large.
Get started on your healing journey with the simple and delicious recipes that follow. For added benefit, leave the skins on all vegetables.
Salt and black pepper, to taste