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Radish

Raphanus sativus

Part of the Brassica family, they taste like a milder version of regular radishes – but because they are picked so early they are simply brimming with nutrients.

Nutritional Value

Radish microgreens are gaining more interest in the health industry because of their high content of healthy compounds. As a result, microgreens have garnered immense attention, along with people questioning their nutritional value in the human diet.

Evidence shows that radish microgreens have low calorie and carbohydrate counts. They are also thought to be rich in the following nutrients

  • Vitamins A, E, C, B, and K

  • Calcium

  • Iron

  • Phosphorus

  • Magnesium

  • Potassium

  • Zinc

  • Antioxidants

Due to their impressive nutrition profile, food experts have linked these greens to several possible health benefits. Here are the science backed radish microgreens potential benefits:

  • Excellent Source Of Vitamin C

  • Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that your body requires for various functions, including:

  • Production of collagen, L-carnitine, and a few neurotransmitters.

  • Supporting the immune system.

  • Promoting wound healing.

  • Helping with iron absorption.

  • Works as an antioxidant and helps neutralize substances called reactive oxidative species (ROS) which can cause cell damage and lead to chronic disease.

  • Reducing inflammation.

  • Promoting cardiovascular health by improving nitric oxide production and reducing plaque instability in atherosclerosis.


Rich In Antioxidants

A study revealed that radish greens and roots have antioxidant properties attributed to many possible health benefits (3). In addition, according to Medical News Today, antioxidants may have the following benefits in your body (4):

Preventing oxidative stress caused by mitochondrial activity, reperfusion damage, excessive exercise, smoking, radiation, industrial solvents, and environmental pollution.

Reducing cancer risk because they prevent damage from free radicals that may result in cancer.

Reducing eye-related problems such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD occurs when the macula, the most significant tissue in the back part of your eye, starts to wear away.

Improving heart health by reducing the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.


Rich In Polyunsaturated Fats

Radish microgreens contain polyunsaturated fats that experts have found beneficial to your body. There are several types of polyunsaturated fats, but the essential ones are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (6). According to Medical News Today, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have the following health benefits:

Preventing Cardiovascular Disease. Consuming PUFA has been shown to improve cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.


Promoting a Healthy Pregnancy and Fetal Development. Evidence shows that pregnant women who consume foods with these fats are helping to support a healthy pregnancy. For example, women are recommended to consume 2 to 3 servings of low-mercury fish like salmon to support fetal development of the brain and eyes.


Better Brain Functioning. The polyunsaturated fats in these microgreens may also promote better brain health as studies show that omega-3s may help slow cognitive decline in seniors (6). Other studies show that the fats may help with memory function among seniors without dementia 


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