The Extraordinary Health Benefits of Horseradish

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Horseradish belongs to the same family as cabbage and mustard. The most important part of horseradish is its root. In India, it’s used as a condiment when preparing meat and fish dishes. It’s also an herb commonly found in Indian homes in the olden days. If one had a toothache, he just needed to chew on a horseradish root to get quick relief. Traditional Indian practitioners used horseradish to treat scurvy, apart from using it as an expectorant and to promote the removal of waste matter from the body.

Let’s now take a look at the nutrition facts and health benefits of horseradish.

Nutrition Facts

Here’s the nutrition content for horseradish per 100g of serving, based on the USDA Nutrient Database.

  • horseradish is free of cholesterol and provides 37 calories.
  • it has almost no fat content.
  • sodium content is at 42mg – 2% of RDA
  • potassium is at 461mg
  • total carbohydrate content is at 53g – 3% of RDA
  • dietary fiber is at 3.2g – 13% of RDA
  • vitamin C makes up 233% RDA, iron 2%, calcium 3% and vitamin A 1% RDA

Health Benefits of Horseradish

Anti-Tumor Agent

Horseradish has a high content of glucosinolates and phytonutrients, which are strong anti-cancer agents which are also found in cauliflower, broccoli and kale. Clinical studies have shown that the consumption of foods rich in glucosinolates and phytonutrients reduces the risk of contracting cancer.

Healthy Respiratory System

Horseradish has traditionally been used to treat a host of respiratory conditions. It has a healing effect on the respiratory system and is a powerful expectorant. It clears the respiratory passages, rids excess mucous from the system and exerts its antibacterial properties.

As such**,** it’s considered a boon by those afflicted with asthma, chronic coughing, sinus infections, bronchitis and respiratory congestion.

Half a teaspoon of fresh horseradish mixed with organic honey taken twice daily provides relief for the above conditions. Additionally, horseradish could also be used as a condiment in the diet of those with respiratory problems.

Other Benefits of Horseradish

The benefits of horseradish are not limited to the healing of respiratory conditions and its anti-cancer properties. It could also be used as preventative medicine and to treat a host of other conditions as has been done over the years by traditional medicine practitioners.

Among others, horseradish has been proven to be useful in conditions such as arthritis, gum and tooth disease, urinary tract infection and kidney stones. It also helps with its anti inflammatory properties and has a positive effect on the liver and immune system.

Caution

Although horseradish is packed with health benefits, it should be consumed moderately. Consume only a small quantity at any one time. If diarrhea or night sweating occurs as a result of its consumption, stop taking it.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid horseradish. The same goes to children and those with chronic digestive problems - horseradish should not be consumed without the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.

References

https://www2.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/usda/horseradish-tree-pods - nutrition facts of horseradish

https://www.methodsofhealing.com/health-benefits-of-horseradish-root/ - health benefits of horseradish and safety issues