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Horseradish: health benefits, application and effect

  1. The horseradish is the white root of the horseradish (Armoracia rusticana), a plant of the finial family (Brassicaceae). They grow to be quite large plants of up to 90 cm high. Horseradish tastes a bit like mustard and radish. It belongs to the cruciferous vegetables. In Japan they know wasabi, which is very similar to horseradish. Horseradish is used as a culinary herb and sometimes as a medicinal herb. The root is snow-white on the inside, yellowish-white on the outside. The carrot is peeled for consumption and then grated. You can use it in raw vegetables or stir it with mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt. The essential oils present are spicy and can have an irritating effect, causing watery eyes and a runny nose while processing and eating this root.

What is horseradish?

  1. Horseradish is the white root of the horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) and is one of the oldest crops and often grows wild along paths. The plant is considered an indication of fallow vegetable gardens. Even after many years, the presence of horseradish shows that there used to be a vegetable garden in the area. The plant with the sharp roots belongs to the family of the finial family, Brassicaceae. Horseradish tastes somewhat like mustard and radish

Horseradish in the garden

  1. Cultivation


  1. Only the long taproot is used in cooking or as a medicinal herb. Horseradish is not only a healthy stimulant, but also a medicinal plant, a real natural medicine. Apart from the essential oils, it is characterized by a high vitamin C content. Horseradish contains twice as much vitamin C as a lemon. It also contains vitamins B1, B2 and B6, which strengthen nerves, as well as mustard oil and flavonoids. Horseradish contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron

Application and effect

  1. The ingredients of this pungent root have an antibacterial, sweat inducing and mucus-dissolving effect. Horseradish has a special antibiotic effect on bladder infections and fungal infections. The flavonoids in horseradish are responsible for the antibacterial effect. Flavonoids fight free radicals and harmful substances that pollute the body from UV rays. These compounds are converted into harmless compounds by the flavonoids. Horseradish also has anti-mutagenic effects. This means that a DNA change can be counteracted. It therefore raises the question whether horseradish can also be used against cancer. Animal studies concluded that glucosinulates in horseradish can be effective against breast cancer, liver cancer and lung cancer. There are also successes in esophageal cancer and stomach cancer. [!1] Mustard oil can cause tumor cell death. However, it would be good if enough of these substances were already stored in the cells before cancer could develop. Even with cholesterol problems

Importance to health

  1. Horseradish has long been considered a medicinal herb and is often used in folk medicine. Pain

Side effects and contraindications

  1. Contraindications Horseradish should not be used for stomach or duodenal ulcers, inflammatory bowel diseases (such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and for acute or chronic inflammation of the kidneys

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