Horseradish is a pungent and powerful plant that is connected to a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to aid digestion, provide pain relief and treat many different ailments. Unfortunately, many people are not familiar with this fact and they use horseradish only as a condiment for their roast beef dinner or sandwiches.
So, today we will tell you more about this incredible plant and its many benefits. The best thing is that horseradish is available at almost all health food stores and grocery stores, or better yet, it can be grown at home. All you need is a piece of an existing root. You should plant it in a soil, add water daily and watch it grow!
Health Benefits of Horseradish
Protects against cancer: The University of Illinois conducted a study which showed that horseradish high level of glucosinolates, compounds which help the liver detox carcinogens, while suppressing the tumor growth and preventing the development of new ones. Horseradish can also prevent different types of cancer, including lung, rectal, and colon cancer.
Antibiotic: Horseradish is extremely beneficial in the case of infections. It has the ability to destroy bacteria responsible for bronchitis, colds, coughs, ear infections, flu, pneumonia, strep throat, and urinary tract infections.
Digestive health: Horseradish helps the intestines secrete digestive enzymes and stimulates the appetite, thus aiding digestion.
Pain relief: It is scientifically proven that horseradish can stimulate blood flow to the surface of the skin and the inflamed areas, thus helping with headaches. You can also use it topically to relieve muscle pains, discomfort and joint inflammation. Chewing horseradish can be beneficial in the case of tooth pain.
Sinus relief: Horseradish provides sinus relief. The build-up of mucus in the sinuses is the main reason for a sinus infection. Horseradish juice can thin out the mucus and prevent more mucus accumulation, which in turn eases sinus discomfort and clears up sinus passages.
Immune system booster: Due to its abundance of vitamin C and antioxidants, horseradish is a powerful immune booster. The effectiveness of horseradish is due to its ability to heat the body from the inside, which in turn stimulates the immune system.
How to use
For pain relief: To treat headaches or joint pain, you should place raw leaves on the painful area. To clear congestion, you can also apply flour paste over your chest.
For sinus and lungs issues: You should grate 3 tablespoons worth of horseradish. Mix it with 2 tablespoons coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt in a small bowl. Store it in a cool place. To relieve sinus and lungs, it is recommended to take a teaspoon of this mixture slowly before a meal. Repeat this 2-3 times a day.
Horseradish tea: Steep in a cup of hot water and drink it immediately as a tea.
For stomach issues: Grate the horseradish and press out some of the juice. You can also use a juicer to extract the juice. You should swallow 15 drops of this juice in between meals to get relief.
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Source: Juicing For Health