Horseradish – Another Great Source of Phytochemicals

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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.

Kathy Garton
Kathy Garton

Over the past 50 years, I have been lucky enough to witness powerful changes in technology, nutrition, culture, and life in general, some good and some bad. Only from experience can you see the big picture of an evolving world. After getting past the excitement of frozen meals, furnishings made of plastic and the Internet, the reality began to set in. More illnesses, especially respiratory, cardiovascular and uncontrollable weight gain were becoming the normal conditions of society. Rewind 50 years and the answers are apparent.

Hi. I am Kathy and this site was created to share ideas and educate others on how to live a healthier, more meaningful life. I grew up on a farm where we raised our own food and animals for consumption. We never had air conditioning or a microwave oven and I felt as though we were living in the dark ages. What I would give to go back to that time.

I have been a professional writer for over 20 years and have always being drawn to the natural aspects of life. I also worked for a petroleum company for 15 years and discovered many facts about how this product impacts our world. Through years of research, it has become crystal clear that we are making our lives less enjoyable by taking shortcuts through unnatural, manmade means. There can be a happy balance and by learning where we went wrong, the best of both worlds is possible.

After years in corporate America, I moved to a 3-acre mini-farm where I continue my research and writing along with my kitties, Lizzie, Shadow and BK and bulldog, Bux.

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