Horseradish Plants - Organic

Horseradish Plants - Organic
Immune system, urinary tract infections, sinus infections, cough & bronchitis, pain and inflammation, blood pressure, digestion, teeth, metabolism, achy joints & sciatic nerve pain.
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You're probably most familiar with horseradish as a spicy condiment. It's often used in sauces and dressings to give them a "kick" of heat.

But it's a LOT more than that! For one, it is high in several important nutrients:
  • Calcium
  • Dietary fiber
  • Folate
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc
  • Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids

Medicinally, it's helpful for several reasons:

Horseradish has been shown to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). The University of Michigan states that the volatile oil from the horseradish root has been shown to kill bacteria that may cause a UTI. Sinigrin (a component of horseradish) is an effective diuretic and prevents water retention, and this helps deal with urinary tract infections.

Chest and sinus congestion: Because horseradish contains antibacterial properties, it may help prevent bacterial sinus infections. In addition to this, the pungent odor and spicy taste of horseradish may help clear out the nose and respiratory system.
It has been used as a poultice topically to increase blood flow and relieve chest and sinus congestion for patients with respiratory disorders.
If you’re feeling congested, make a simple horseradish tea at home by adding some fresh grated horseradish, honey and lemon.

Boost Immunity: Horseradish is packed with potentially beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. These compounds seem to have antioxidant characteristics that may boost the strength of the immune system and stimulate the activity and production of white blood cells, the body’s line of defense. The high vitamin C content of this spicy root helps boost the strength of the immune system and join the defensive forces against free radicals.

Potent Antibacterial Properties:  Studies have shown that the potentially powerful, natural chemicals in horseradish can be a great defense against microbes and bacterial infections, including Listeria, E. coli, and Staphylococcus. The specific antibacterial component in it is called allyl isothiocyanate.

One component of horseradish is called sinigrin, which is incredible! It can:

  • Slow the spread of cancer, especially in the liver, through multiple mechanisms at the cellular level.
  • Lessen inflammation and improve atherosclerosis (chronic inflammatory disease).
  • Act as an antibiotic agent, especially against E. coli bacteria.
  • Act as an anti-fungal agent
  • Act as an antioxidant, preventing the formation of potentially disease-inducing free radicals.
  • Speed wound healing, when used topically.

Horseradish may help prevent cancer: horseradish is truly a superfood. It naturally contains compounds called glucosinolates, which are known to have cancer-fighting properties.

Researchers at the University of Illinois conducted a study about horseradish and noted that “...horseradish contains approximately 10 times more glucosinolates than its superfood cousin, broccoli". And consuming just a teaspoon of horseradish is enough to get the benefit.

The researchers found that glucosinolates in horseradish activated enzymes involved in detoxification of cancer-causing molecules.

Enhance Digestion: Certain enzymes in the root can stimulate digestion and aid bowel movements. Horseradish root is also considered a cholagogue, i.e., it stimulates bile production in the gallbladder – thereby aiding digestion. And the little fiber in the root can also improve digestion.

Fights Inflammation:  One Italian study states that horseradish can help fight inflammation – it achieves this by reducing the release of reactive oxygen species. Several parts of Chinese medicine have recommended the use of horseradish to help prevent inflammation – be it in the case of injury or even for relief from arthritis pains.

Precautions with horseradish?

Horseradish is naturally high in sodium. So if you have hypertension (or are prehypertensive), you definitely want to seek the advice of a competent naturopath before incorporating horseradish into your regular diet.
Avoid giving it to children under 4 also.

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