Radishes aren’t exactly the most popular vegetable, but they are one of the most beneficial. In fact, radishes are packed with so many nutrients and actively beneficial compounds that they should be considered a superfood.

Don’t believe me? Here are 11 amazing health benefits of radishes:

1. Prevents skin disorders

Radishes contain high concentrations of the vitamins A, K, and C, which impede the development of several skin disorders and contribute to beautiful, natural skin. Considering how expensive many makeup kits are, this is a great benefit!

2. Iron

Many people think you can only find protein and iron in meat, but this simply isn’t true. While there are many vegetables that don’t contain either, radishes are one of the several types of vegetables that contain a significant amount of iron. Iron is one of the most important nutrients in our diet, essential to the repair of maintenance of our hair, skin and nails.

3. Protein

Radishes are an excellent source of protein, which helps you repair and build muscle. A well-seasoned radish dish could easily replace your regular meat dinner and still provide the same amount of protein.

4. Dietary fiber

Fiber helps food continue moving through your digestive track. You can find a lot of fiber in most vegetables and many fruits, but radishes have a particularly impressive amount of dietary fiber.

5. Hydration

We get a lot of our daily water intake from food, and radishes have an unusually high water content.

6. Weight loss help

Between the large concentration of nutrients, the high water content and a large amount of dietary fiber radishes are a great food to help you lose weight. They will fill you up quickly, encouraging you to eat smaller meals and therefore lose weight. You probably won’t even find yourself craving dessert when you’ve eaten a radish-heavy dinner.

7. Face scrub

Thoroughly smashed up raw radish can be used as a facial scrub to significant effect. The vitamins and antioxidants combine to help remove all the nastiness from your face—and it’s a much cheaper alternative to many stores bought face scrubs.

8. Dandruff fighter

If you have a dandruff problem, try rubbing radish juice into your scalp, covering your head with a towel and letting the juice soak in. Rinse it out an hour later. Do this once a week and you should start to notice your dandruff problem disappearing.

9. Strengthens roots & stimulates growth

The iron and protein in radishes help your body create stronger hair and can even help your hair grow longer.

10. Removes itchiness

Are you the type of person who tends to turn every mosquito bite into a permanent scar? Or just a person who hates mosquitos? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that a little bit of radish juice can reduce itchiness and swell so, you don’t have to suffer or risk to scar your lovely skin.

Radishes are some of the most important vegetables you can include in your diet, and there are many ways to cook them so you hardly even notice they’re there if you really can’t stand the taste. A quick Google search will give you hundreds of recipes and sooner or later you’re sure to find a way you love having these vegetables.

About The Author

Damian Ablett is the lead editor at MuscleFitnessandNutrition.com, a leading UK health and wellbeing blog dedicated to helping an individual make positive lifestyle changes. Be sure to visit Damian and the team!