Horseradish Health Benefits
Freshly grated horseradish is remarkable as an addition to sauces. It is possible to prepare a very delicious combination of horseradish with milk or yogurt. This vegetable can be served with any meal. As a medicine, it is usually taken alongside acidic foods, in form of a syrup, boiled in white wine or water, or as a juice or tea. However, you should never exaggerate with its use, since it has been known to cause diarrhea and vomiting when taken in surplus.
Horseradish is rich in vitamin C – more than 100 milligrams per 100 grams of freshly grated root. There is also a lot of micro nutrients contained in it – glutamine, glucose, potassium, sulphates – to mention just a few, as well as potent essential oils that give it its spicy flavor.
Horseradish is recommended for cleansing the blood, expelling kidney stones, for sweating and as a diuretic. It has been used in folk medicine as a cure for lung diseases, rheumatism, gout, and against cold. It is valuable as a stimulant of the digestive system, causing increased secretion of the gastric and intestinal glands, as well as in the gall bladder and pancreas. It is believed to help with the destruction of harmful E coli bacteria.
Horseradish Lemon Smoothie
Horseradish is usually prepared in a blender – not in a juicer. The reason is that we do not want to throw away the extremely potent etheric oils of horseradish that appear when this plant is finely pulverized or turned into a smoothie. Even a half of teaspoon of the triturated horseradish will have a strong impact on the memory abilities of our brain. A good advice is to mix the pulp of freshly prepared horseradish in a blender with lemon juice and take one half of teaspoon twice a day for dissolving mucous. This recipe is excellent not only for the sinus, but for the whole body as well. Horseradish sauce is an efficient solvent and purifier of the mucous in all body systems. Horseradish should be used judiciously, and mixed only with lemon juice. This is the proper way to ensure that it does not affect the kidneys, bladder, or the digestive tract mucus membranes in a negative way. The other prominent function of horseradish is as a diuretic. The horseradish sauce has to be prepared from fresh horseradish and used within one week. If stored for later use, it has to be kept cold in a closed jar, but make sure you give it some time to warm up to room temperature prior to using for the increased potency. Always make sure you have combined it with plenty of lemon juice. Following the suggested procedure of preparing this healthy horseradish-lemon smoothie, one should take no more than two one-half teaspoon two times a day – in the morning and during the afternoon. Depending on the condition of the sinus cavities and other bodily systems, we might be faced with a copious overflowing of tears. The lemon juice should be the only other component mixed with it, and nothing should be taken several minutes after eating it. This recipe can be followed for months if necessary, until the horseradish sauce does not cause any sensation after consuming. This is an indication that there has been a total dissolution of the mucus in the body. This has been considered an effective natural remedy for any sinus mucus condition . As a general rule, the lemon juice horseradish ratio that brings best results is when the smoothie has three lemons to one quarter pint of pulverized horseradish. The smoothie should be produced until the consistency of the mixture is of a thick sauce. In conclusion, horseradish has very distinctive health benefits and should be a part of your diet, today, even more then ever before. Given the state of our corporate food industry (see for example Food Inc. 2008 as well as this post), consuming more of the organically grown vegetables is a must.
In addition to smoothies, you can prepare a healthful horseradish tea. Whenever you need to open up your breathing channels or when your need to clear a stuffy nose, this tea is delicious and strong and spreads all the way up.
One way to prepare a horseradish tea, grate the root into boiling water. When it steeps, after 15 to 20 minutes, drink the tea with the horseradish itself or strain it away from the tea. You can add some lemon juice and a just little bit of honey, if you wish to improve the taste.
You can also prepare a similar drink using a combination of ginger and horseradish. Pretty much the same instructions, but this time add some fresh grated ginger root, roughly half the amount of horseradish. Enjoy!
I agree with the health benefits of horseradish, I have been using it for years now. It helps reduce my allergies as well, heaps, especially sinus problems.
We use it quite often as well. Horseradish is indeed a very remarkable plant!
To get optimal nutrition from fresh horseradish root, would it be possible to just cut very small pieces of it (size of pills) and just swallow them with water? I tried it and it works easily, but I am wondering if the stomach would absorb and digest it well this way.
To tell you the truth, Alan, I’ve never used it that way. The stomach will be more engaged digesting it, that’s for sure, but given that you only take small pieces of it, I believe you’ll be fine.
It’s been the latest craze that most of my friends are really been into. They say that it promotes purification and eliminates toxins through constant urination. It also gives you the satisfaction of quenching your thirst.
Hi Alexie, I doubt anyone will quench their thirst with this horseradish lemon smoothie recipe, but you are very much right about the purification features of horseradish.
I am using this horseredish fresh leaves couple of month and getting more benefit. Its also increase sexual activities. but no body knows this.
Great to hear about the benefits you are getting from horseradish leaves. And thanks for this additional interesting information.
i wouuld really wana know how to prepare the juice i am suffering from this pronblem since last 6 years
Can you use horseradish that is prepared in a jar over using the plant?
You probably mean horseradish in vinegar. Yes you can use it, and in my opinion it is as good as the freshly prepared one. Thanks for the comment and best of luck.
Hi please give an idea how to consume horseradish …my husband is in hospital with kidney failure Simone told him to take it
Sorry to hear about your husband. My best wishes for a quick recovery. As for consuming horseradish, above you can find some recipes for horseradish juice and tea. In addition, I usually like to prepare the following horseradish sauce:
Peel and grate the horseradish root.
Add apple vinegar to the mix,
Add a little bit of quality salt.
That’s it. I usually prepare enough for the winter, and freeze it for later use. Hope this help.
As someone who loves horseradish, this is great news! I eat a lot of it (Bubbies is the best!) and always wondered. That smoothie sounds excellent, I’ll definitely try it!
Thanks for the comment, Rhianon. I also love it!