There’s nothing like spreading fresh horseradish on a burger or steak and have your nose curl up and your eyes water. The strong odor will clear out any mucus secretions in the sinus and respiratory system.
However, there is more at work than just clearing your head. When the white root of fresh horseradish is sliced, it releases enzymes that break down the contained sinigrin. This mustard oil is then free to fill the air with its pungent and irritating chemical. Filled with phytochemicals, the horseradish root stimulates various glands in the body. When combined with the fiber content of the plant, it eases digestive issues and regulates bowel movements.
A member of the Brassicaceae family, it is closely related to wasabi and mustard and contains very high amounts of vitamin C. This makes horseradish a great antioxidant for protecting against colds and flu. Also, studies have shown that the powerful, natural chemicals in horseradish can be a great defense against microbes and bacterial infections, including Listeria, E. coli, and Staphylococcus.
Horseradish is a perennial vegetable/herb that is easy to grow. Preparing the sauce is also simple. The only ingredients needed in addition to the root are water, vinegar and salt. Fresh homemade horseradish is a favorite among many. Consider making your own and passing around to friends and family. They will be guaranteed that there are no artificial additives contained!
So set out a bowl of horseradish at your next picnic and get a really healthy dose of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and sinigrin, a powerful glucosinolate.