Radish an Aphrodisiac

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Radishes (not to be confused with the horseradish) have been considered an aphrodisiac since antiquity. The radish's phallic form inspired sympathy magic and led to its use as a dildo and as a mechanical stimulant. Men were promised a stronger erection after enjoyment of the root.

Radishes have a sharp, biting taste like mustard and hedge mustard. People like the sharp taste of a radish. Indeed, the word sharp releases erotic images. Surprisingly, in obscene vocabulary, the word radish means a prostitute, and it also means the pubic hair of a woman.

Radishes sexual connections date back to Egyptian pharaohs. Pliny the Elder later wrote in Natural History; "Democritus (pre-Socratic philosopher) thinks that as a food radishes are aphrodisiac". Then in ancient Rome, radishes had a godly quality, and a golden radish is said to have been left by Apollo at the site of the Oracle of Delphi. Radish is sometimes mixed with honey as an oriental aphrodisiac. In Japan," the radish is considered an erotic food in any form and preparation."

Incidentally, Islam also has their share on the aphrodisiac role of radishes. Moses Maimonides created a recipe using the pointy radish as an aphrodisiac ointment for the penis.

Health Benefits of Radish

Researchers at India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University found that radishes induce apoptosis meaning they kill cancer cells. Compounds called isothiocyanates and anthocyanins are found in abundance in radishes and have been proven effective in the fight against cancer in several studies. The study was published in the medical journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition in 2010. Their fiber content makes radishes particularly effective at preventing and fighting colorectal cancer.

Its fresh roots are good sources of vitamin C. They provide about 15 mg or 25% of DRI of vitamin C per 100 g. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant required by the body for synthesis of collagen. It helps the body scavenge harmful free radicals, prevention from cancers, inflammation and help boost immunity.

Radish is powerful when it comes to eliminating toxins. This helps keep your liver and stomach in mint condition. It is extremely useful in treating jaundice because it helps regulate the amount of bilirubin in the blood and increases the oxygen supply within the body. It also reduces the destruction of red blood cells that happens to people suffering from jaundice by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen to the blood.

Radish has anti-hypertensive properties that help control hypertension or high blood pressure. Containing potassium, it can relax the blood vessels. Therefore, widening and increasing the flow of the blood, instead of forcing it through narrow, constricted channels.

Radishes have very high fiber content, which means that they add considerable bulk to bowel movements, which promotes regular excretory patterns and relieve symptoms of constipation. Because of this, it is also a known cure for piles or hemorrhoids. Radish is a good detoxifier, thus it can help quickly reduce symptoms of piles. Consumption of the juice will relieve even more symptoms by soothing the excretory and digestive systems. They can also help to firm up loose bowels and get rid of loose stool or diarrhea. Furthermore, radishes are known to promote the production of bile. Bile is one of the most important parts of good digestion, and also helps to protect both the liver and the gallbladder.

The detoxifying and anti-carcinogenic properties of radishes make them useful in the treatment of leucoderma. The radish seeds are used in this treatment method. They should be powdered and soaked in vinegar, ginger juice, or cows urine and then applied on the white patches. You can eat radishes as well to aid in the treatment.

Radishes have long been known to have a low glycemic index, which means that eating it does not impact blood sugar levels. It also helps regulate the absorption of sugars into the bloodstream, meaning that diabetics don’t have to worry as much about sudden spikes or drops when eating, or being away from food for a certain amount of time.

Vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc and some members of vitamin B complex that are present in radishes are good for the skin. The water in radishes also helps to maintain healthy moisture levels in the skin. Smashed raw radish is a good cleanser and serves as an efficient face pack. Due to its disinfectant properties, radishes also help clear up skin disorders like dry skin, rashes, and cracks.

Radishes have a strong, natural spice to them, and they are also quite pungent, which is very good for preventing illness, and it also eliminates excess mucus in the throat. Furthermore, radishes have been known to soothe sore throats and relieve congestion by clearing the sinuses.


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