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