Radish juice is pretty rad. And so are you. Especially since you’re one of the few creative, adventurous juicers who are daring to juice this crisp and fiery root veggie that most people unfortunately ignore.
Maybe it’s because many people simply don’t know much about this veggie. The beautiful radish is often confused as it looks like the love child of a turnip and a beet. To make things even more confusing – the radish is actually a cousin of the cabbage. Who’d have thunk, huh?
But that’s not all that’s misunderstood about the radish – these little red veggies are among the most underrated produce out there. And considering how delicious and nutritious radishes are – that’s just not fair.
Read on to find out exactly why adding fresh, raw radishes into your juice recipes is one of the smartest moves you’ll make this week 🙂
6 Radish Juice Benefits to Love
Plant geneticists believe that the radish first took root in the regions of China over 3,000 years ago and made its way to the rest of the world by way of the Silk Road. Back in the old days, early Romans and Greeks liked to slice up these vegetables thinly and drizzle them with vinegar, honey and a bit of salt.
The latter even made gold replicas of radishes as offerings to Apollo, the god of prophecy, healing and music. Moreover, they were so prized by ancient Egyptians that workers building the Giza pyramids were paid with a bunch of radishes, along with garlic and onions, every couple of days.
Nowadays most of us would decline payment in radishes, but these crispy, juicy vegetables are still worth their weight in gold. Here’s a roster of health perks you get by drinking radish juice!
Clears out congestion
Radishes are loaded with flavonoids that help expel excessive amounts of mucus from the body, especially during bouts of cold. Remarkably, these flavonoids also activate receptors in the sinuses that make them less prone to clogging and irritation.
Boosts the immune system
Here’s another reason to juice radishes when you’re coming down with a cold – radishes are a good source of vitamin C, which helps keep the body resilient to viral and bacterial infections. Vitamin C also picks up the pace on the production of collagen, a natural chemical that promotes the faster healing and rejuvenation of damaged cells.
Protects against cancer
And it’s not just the common cold – radishes are a rich source of phytochemicals like beta carotene, lutein and lycopene that have been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Lycopene and beta carotene also help keep free radicals at bay that can significantly lower the natural resistance of cells against illnesses.
On top of that, radishes also contain a crucial isothiocyanate antioxidant compound called sulforaphane, which has been linked to inhibiting a variety of cancers including those of the prostate, breast, and colon.
Radishes also contain an important called, a proven inhibitor of prostate, colon, breast, ovarian and other cancers.
Lowers high blood pressure
A single radish contains fairly high amounts of potassium and magnesium, essential minerals that help maintain blood pressure levels up to par by counteracting the negative effects of too much sodium in the body.
Even better? Radishes are a rich source of nitrate, which is converted by your body into nitric oxide (NO2) – this is great news because nitric oxide helps relax the walls of blood vessels, stimulating improved blood flow.
Great for your kidneys
There are very high levels of the detoxifying agent called indole in radishes that help boost overall renal function and break up plaque formations that could develop into kidney stones. These vegetables are natural diuretics and can serve a useful role toward helping you de-bloat (through increased trips to the bathroom).
Boosts energy levels
Ancient Chinese medical scrolls dating back to the Ming dynasty recommended eating at least two radishes a day if you’re constantly feeling tired and lethargic. Amazingly, modern medical studies show that these vegetables contain phytochemicals that boost the body’s ability to distribute fresh oxygen in the bloodstream, effectively replenishing energy levels.
5 Delish Radish Juice Recipes
Okay, you say, those are great benefits but is radish juice going to be as delicious as its health perks are? Well, yes, radish juice can be very scrumptious depending on what ingredients you mix it with. So before you dismiss this underrated root as a bizarre juicing ingredient, take a moment to sip on these delectable radish juice recipes!
Rad Apple Cleanse Juice
Let’s kick this off with an incredibly cleansing radish juice recipe:
- 4 medium radishes
- 1 apple
- 1 carrot
- 1 lemon (peeled)
This is a great juice recipe with so many crisp, easy-to-juice fruits and veggies – and it’s the perfect juice to drink to cleanse and protect your kidney, liver and gallbladder from pesky, harmful stones. The malic acid in apples help dissolve gallbladder stones so you can pass them more easily while the indoles in radishes do the same for kidney stones!
Fat Flush Radish Juice
Here’s a delicious radish juice recipe that’s refreshing, incredibly hydrating, perfect for the summertime as well as a great juice recipe for weight loss:
- 4 large slices of watermelon
- 1 ruby red grapefruit peeled (leave white pith on because FULL of goodness)
- 2 inches fresh turmeric root
- 3-4 radishes
Turmeric adds a lovely spiciness to this otherwise sweet recipe and helps boost metabolism while at it. And grapefruit is also well known for its fat burning enzymes. Oh, and did you know that grapefruit juice even amps up the production and excretion of citric acid in the body? That’s great news for those at risk of kidney stones, since citric acid helps break down the calcium oxalate crystals that form kidney stones.
Ravishing Radish Juice
Sick of juicing the same old veggies day in and day out? Here’s a super healthy vegetable juice recipe to switch things up and delight your tastebuds:
- 1 medium radish
- 1 apple
- 1/2 jicama
- 1 lime, peeled
- 1 handful cilantro
- Pinch sea salt, optional
This is a juice like no other. It’s very fresh-tasting, very hydrating, low in sugar and rich in cleansing benefits and cancer protective antioxidants. Thanks to its low-calorie, low-sugar nature, it’s also a good juice to drink in the evening.
Lovely Eyes Radish Juice
When your immune system could use a boost or your eyes are tired from staring at a computer screen too long, here’s a simple radish juice recipe to sip on:
- 1 sweet potato
- 5 small radishes
- 2 carrots
- 1 cucumber
The result is a nourishing, sweet juice recipe with just a little bit of peppery bite. It’s rich in minerals as well as the immune-boosting, eye health-protecting Vitamin A.
Heart Healthy Radish Juice
And last but not least, here’s one of the best radish juice recipes for heart health you’ll ever try:
- 2 apples
- 2 pears
- 3 celery sticks
- 10 small radishes
Thanks to the apples and pears, this fruity radish juice is deliciously sweet and full of heart healthy benefits. Both celery and radishes are great for heart health and they come together in this fantastic juice recipe to improve overall circulatory health and keep blood vessels at their strong, flexible best!