Posted by: Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl.
Daikon is Japanese for “large root”, and is sometimes referred to as Oriental radish. White in color, and similar in shape to a super-sized carrot, daikon can grow to be 6 – 20 inches long and 2 – 3 inches in diameter.
Daikon is super nutritious and tastes great! This cruciferous vegetable has high levels of Vitamin C and potassium. It also contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, folate, dietary fiber, and other nutrients.
Daikon has some great health benefits! It contains natural digestive enzymes that aid in the digestion of fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins. Try some grated daikon on your next salad, fish, or just on the side; just make sure you use it within 30 minutes of grating it, or the enzymes will be lost.
Daikon may reduce the risk of cancer by blocking the accumulation in the stomach of a carcinogen known as nitrosamine. Researchers have also found that daikon is effective as a decongestant and natural diuretic. So if you have edema, this would be a nice addition to your diet.
It’s also a great way to boost the immune function due to its high content of vitamin C. Daikon also is an awesome detoxifier, so if you’re planning a detox, daikon should be part of it.
In Chinese medicine the properties of Daikon are neutral to cool in temperature, and acrid to mildy acrid in taste. It moistens the lungs, loosens phlegm in the lungs & stomach, and promotes digestion.
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