Despite being gaining considerable space in Brazilian kitchens, radish is still little known among Brazilians. Originating in Asia and widespread in Europe, the tuber is a “cousin” of cabbage, arugula and turnip, other vegetables best known in the country.

Scientifically known as Raphanus sativus , this tuber, which can be found both white and red, is rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, minerals, fiber and other elements that constitute several health benefits for consumers.

In addition to being served in salads or other dishes, radish can also be used to prepare a tea that is beneficial to various systems of the human body, treating and preventing many diseases. Check out:

Properties and benefits of this tuber

Because it has vitamin C, radish is seen as an antioxidant, that is, it protects cells against the oxidizing action of free radicals. Also for this reason, the consumption of this tubercle participates in the formation of teeth, bones and even the increase of red blood cells.

The antioxidant action of radish also serves as a blood cholesterol reducer. In this way, it prevents heart diseases and those involving the body’s circulatory system. In addition, there is evidence that it can be used to prevent some types of cancer, such as colon cancer.

All these benefits can still be added to others, such as the expectorant action, which improves respiratory diseases such as flu and coughs. Arthritis, rheumatism and gout can be alleviated with the use of radish.

Radish action for digestion

One of the beneficial effects of this tuber that deserves to be highlighted is the digestive action it has. As a source of fiber, radish improves the digestive system and intestinal transit. Furthermore, these same elements contribute to the feeling of satiety and the reduction of cases of constipation.

People with a slow digestion can also benefit from the consumption of radish, as it increases the capacity of the intestinal flora, increasing the number of bacteria needed by the digestive tract. The production of bile juices also increases, which facilitates the breakdown of fat.

How to make radish tea?

Ingredients

  • 1 piece of white or red radish;
  • 3 glasses of boiling water;
  • Salt to taste;
  • 2 teaspoons of oolong tea.

way of doing

First, start the procedure by washing the radish under running water. Then peel the tuber and place it in a pan. Next to it, add three cups of boiling water, oolong tea and salt to taste.

Cover the container and let it steep for five minutes. After the specified time, strain the liquid and drink the hot radish tea. The tip is to consume up to three cups (of tea) a day.

Contraindications to radish tea

Radish is a very beneficial natural food and has almost no restrictions on its use. One of the few recommendations is regarding the use of tea from this tuber by individuals who have gastritis or gastric ulcers, which should be controlled.

In addition, it is recommended to seek medical assistance whenever you find it necessary. Self-medication can be just as harmful as not seeking medical treatment.