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Horseradish – natural diuretic and prevents neural tube effects

Horseradish is a pungent and powerful plant which is connected with many different health benefits such as lower chances of neural tube defects in infants, promote heart health, stimulate healthy digestion, improve immune system health, build strong bones, alleviate respiratory conditions, lower blood pressure and aid in weight loss. Also this plant can prevent cancer because it is rich in glucosinolates. This plant is member of Brassicaceae family which means it is closely related to broccoli, cabbage, mustard and wasabi. Horseradish is originated in Western Asia and Southern Europe where it has been referenced throughout the history. The importance and power of this root is known for years and nowadays it available all around the world. This vegetable is high in sodium and the calories in it are coming from sugar. Usually this vegetable is consumed in small amounts but people who struggle with obesity should know that sodium in it can be detrimental to them because calories derive from sugar.

Health benefits of horseradish

Respiratory conditions

Horseradish has defending odor which make your nose curl up and your eyes water can also help clear the mucus secretions in the respiratory system and sinus. When you inhale or you take a strong sniff of pure horseradish, then it can stimulate the secretion of many juices which help to clear our congestion which we may have developed due to allergy, illness or cold.

Diuretic quality

This natural cure has diuretic quality which is stimulating the urination. This is very good for our bodies in which is also included the regular release of dangerous toxins from our bodies, reduction in weight and cleanliness of the kidney because our urine is 4% composed of body fat.

Antibacterial property

There are some studies in which is shown that horseradish has natural chemicals which can be a great defense against bacterial infections and microbes, including Staphylococcus, Listeria and E. coli. You should spread some horseradish on your steak or sandwich and you will protect your body against these infection – bearing and undesirable bacteria. Allyl isothiocyanate is a specific antibacterial component.

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Metabolic function

This vegetable is packed with minerals, vitamins and proteins but lacks calories and fat. Protein can be directly metabolized into useful energy, muscle matter, new tissue or cellular material which can be used to repair and bolster defenses against illnesses and toxins. When we use this plant, then our energy levels is increasing and the pungent sinigrin in horseradish can make us feel more aware and focused which is raising our concentration level.

Neural tube defects

Horseradish is rich in folate which means it can protect mothers and infants from pregnancy issues and also it is stimulating a proper development of the fetus which is eliminating the chances of neural tube defects. But if you are pregnant and you consume too much horse radish, then this can be dangerous for you so you should talk with your doctor about the recommended amount of horseradish which you should consume.

Bone health

Horseradish is rich in calcium which is important part of our bone health, repair and growth. When you add a significant amount of calcium in your diet, then this can keep you stronger and you will feel younger which is also reducing your chances of developing debilitating conditions such as osteoporosis.


There are some elements in the horseradish which are acting as gastric stimulants. This plant as whole is known to have a sizable impact on nutritional absorption and digestion. Horseradish root has phytochemicals which are stimulating many glands in our bodies in which are included those for gastric and intestinal juices and salvation. It has fiber which can bulk up the bowel and it stimulates peristaltic motion of the smooth intestinal muscles. Horseradish can regulate bowel movements and ease any digestive issues. Also it is decreasing the chances of getting diarrhea and constipation.

Pardhan Singh
Pardhan Singh
A seasoned natural therapist with degree in Ayurvedic Medicine (BAMS) successful in treating various diseases through Ayurvedic treatments. You can contact Pradhan at [email protected]


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