Horseradish is a powerful keeper of human health, especially in winter days. It is a natural antibiotic, useful for improving circulation, and it’s a good protector of the heart and the entire cardiovascular system.
Horseradish (Cochlearia armoracia) has been used for centuries, and is believed to have originated in Eastern Europe or Western Asia, and also its root since ancient times has been known to the people. Alternative medicine experts say that horseradish is one of the most powerful natural spices and a true gift from God.
When the horseradish is young, it has spicy and “hot” taste, no smell, but during chopping the horseradish, almost always causes tears in your eyes.
The nutritional status of horseradish
Young and fresh chopped horseradish contains about 100 mg of vitamin C in 100 grams horseradish, so this nutritional status place the horseradish high on the list of foods rich in vitamin C.
Horseradish is really beneficial antibiotic, and except that, it improves circulation, participates in the detoxification of the body and speeds up metabolism.
Also, it contains high levels of calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, glutamine, glucose, acid sulfate and essential oils. Nutritionists are recommending horseradish especially during the winter, and in seasons of flu and colds.
However horseradish can be used throughout the whole year. From horseradish are prepared teas, syrups and various coatings.
Especially is useful when it comes to the digestive system -- only 15-20 drops of horseradish juice can significantly improve the digestion, in a way that stimulates the secretion of gastric and intestinal juices, to helps in repairing of digestive epithelium, and most importantly helps in restoring the normal intestinal bacterial flora, which is a key condition for good digestion.
Horseradish has been used since long ago against lung inflammation, sneezing, coughing, gout and scurvy. Alternative medicine experts especially recommend the horseradish for people with kidney problems and for diabetics.
They say horseradish should be in the top 5 most popular foods especially in winter, because its benefits are really great. An interesting fact is that many people backward through the ages, believed that horseradish has aphrodisiac powers.
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