This Humble Root Contains Powerful Health Benefits–Including 10 Times the Cancer Fighting Ability as Broccoli!

By:Cat Ebeling & Mike Geary
Co-authors of the best-sellers:  The Fat Burning KitchenThe Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging & The Diabetes Fix

Horseradish is usually used as a spice and is known for its strong flavor, often used in sauces or as a topping for meat or seafood. Horseradish is that delicious biting hot flavor that makes your nose burn and eyes water when you take a drink of a good bloody Mary or dip your shrimp into sauce. While some may dislike its intense flavor, this humble and often overlooked ingredient is an amazing root vegetable with a major health kick!

Horseradish is a member of the same Brassicaceae family which also includes cabbage, broccoli wasabi, and mustard, which are full of healthy antioxidant compounds called glucosinolates. When horseradish’s large white root is cut, it releases a powerful compound called sinigrin. Enzymes in the plant change the sinigrin into mustard oil, which causes the pungent burning sensation and taste that is so ubiquitous with horseradish. This root has been used for thousands of years in both medicinal and culinary practices worldwide.

Horseradish has a ton of health benefits and is packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that make it valuable for its anti-inflammatory characteristics, and its cancer-fighting ability. Horseradish contains fiber, large amounts of vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese, along with some very serious antioxidants. Horseradish works as a digestive stimulant, increases circulation, and works as a natural diuretic. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to relieve arthritis and other inflammation in the body. Horseradish is also known for its antibiotic ability as well.

Horseradish’s active ingredient, sinigrin, is a type of antioxidant called a glucosinolate, which is found in many cruciferous vegetables—but horseradish contains ten times the cancer fighting ability as broccoli! Sinigrin has been found in scientific studies, to be extremely powerful against cancer cells, preventing the cell mutations that cause cancer, as well as inhibiting the growth of any cancerous tumors.

Horseradish is also a very effective antibiotic, especially against E.coli, staphylococcus aureus, and works better than sodium benzoate, a chemical additive used as a preservative in foods. Horseradish also stimulates the immune system and helps it fight off bacterial and viral infections.

Horseradish is especially powerful against sinus infections, coughs, colds and even bronchitis and works better than some antibiotics, without the unhealthy side effects. The irritating effects horseradish has on your nasal passages are actually very beneficial as it stimulates mucous secretions which help to clean out the nasal passages, washing away harmful bacteria in the process.

The diuretic action of horseradish, combined with its antibiotic ability means it is a viable treatment for urinary tract infections. It also helps the body get rid of toxins, and promotes healthy kidneys. Its diuretic action also works well to lower blood pressure, similar to some blood pressure medications.

blankHorseradish stimulates digestion, and helps to increase the flow of bile, an enzyme in the body that helps to dissolve cholesterol and fats in the diet.

Fresh horseradish is usually seen in stores already prepared as a condiment but you can also purchase fresh horseradish in its root form to grate into sauces and dishes. Beware though, as soon as you chop or grate the horseradish, your eyes and nostrils will know!

Fresh horseradish is delicious in vegetable juices, sauces and soups. Try grating fresh horseradish into some catsup for a zingy sauce for shrimp or meat.

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Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. Didn’t know that about horseradish Will have to get some they make it tancook island near halifax ,N.S thank you

  2. I had eaten redishes but did not know all the benefits it has. It’s been long since I don”t find them in the supermarket. I need to know what’s good for veins in the hands and arms. How can they be eliminated. Thanks a lot for any good advice given for this matter.Will appreciate very much.

  3. Marcella F Forton

    i bought a 10 inch root, processed it to shreds and covered it with Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Is the the right way to treat it? what else could I have done? How long will it keep in the fridge?

    I found it in the regular grocery and it was weak in smell when I fixed it … where to shop for fresher or stronger?

  4. I have a question. How can I get a copy of the above article? I have tried printing it but nothing comes out.

  5. How much horesradish should e consumed per day to have the listed benefits?

  6. How much horseradish does a person need to get benefits, that’s the problem with this information they never tell you what amount a person needs, just a general amount would be a good start.

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