Black Raddish

Black radish contains raphanin, a mustard oil glycoside. Mustard oil glycosides have been shown to significantly increase the non-specific resistance of plants to invasion by micro-organisms, giving the plant a strong anti-microbial action. Black radish also contains dietary fiber, vitamin C, and small amounts of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium. In Western herbal medicine, black radish has a tonic and laxative action on the intestines and indirectly stimulates the flow of bile and digestive juices. Not only does it prevent congestion of bile, but black radish also relieves inflammation of the gallbladder and the formation of gallstones. Antimicrobial to discourage growth of pathogenic microorganisms in the intestines.