Horseradish is a fantastic plant for a few reasons. This root vegetable has a pungent taste and smell. It is often described as sharp, bitter, and spicy. This is not the type of vegetable you munch on at work. Because of its strong flavor, horseradish is usually eaten in small amounts. Typically as a condiment, to compliment meat, fish, or as an addition to a sandwich. But did you know that horseradish also has incredible and powerful health benefits? The use of horseradish for medicinal purposes goes back thousands of years. Horseradish is a cruciferous vegetable which contains compounds called glucosinolates which, studies show, help to fight cancer and inflammation. It is also full of many other important nutrients.
Horseradish has cancer-fighting abilities due to its high levels of glucosinolates. These are natural compounds found in pungent plants such as mustard, cabbage, and horseradish. Research shows that horseradish contains the highest amount of glucosinolates of all foods. Sinigrin, a type of glucosinolate found in horseradish, has been researched extensively for its powerful anti-tumor properties. This compound stops tumors from growing. And it prevents new tumors from forming. It protects the body against free radical damage by inhibiting the mutation of healthy cells into cancerous ones. According to a 2012 study from the Department of Epidemiology and the Institute of Pharmacological Research in Italy, regular intake of cruciferous vegetables — which contain glucosinolates — reduces the risk of colorectal, breast, kidney, esophageal, and mouth and throat cancers by 17 to 23 percent.
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