This perennial plant with its cylindrical roots comes from Southeastern Europe and it was probably cultivated in monastery for the first time. People have gradually become accustomed to its specific taste and included it in their kitchen. Currently we usually add horseradish as a spicy supplement to meat dishes, pasta or as a part of hamburgers. Horseradish however plays an important role in our fight for a healthier life.
Nutritional composition of horseradish and its positive consumption
One tablespoon of processed horseradish contains only 7 calories and just 0.1 grams of fat. It is an important source of vitamin C which strengthens our immune system. There is 3.7 mg of vitamin C contained per one serving. Horseradish also contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium and folic acid. It is considered to be a natural antibiotic because it contains substances active against bacteria causing infections of kidneys and urinary tract. Mustard oils containing horseradish have diuretic effect and they may help to ease the expectoration as well. Horseradish also contains fiber beneficial for healthy digestion.
Horseradish helps to fight with certain cancer diseases because of glucosinolates – substances causing increase of the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and might help to stop growing of the existing ones. Glucosinolates are present in broccoli as well, but not in such a big amount.
Horseradish and horseradish sauce represent excellent releasers of clogged sinuses. They help to relieve a pressure in the sinuses. Eating of meals prepared from horseradish might help you too. However, if you want to help yourself quickly, try a teaspoon of grated horseradish.
Horseradish consumption and its possible negatives
Horseradish might dangerously irritate mucous membranes of the nose, throat, mouth, urinary tract and digestive organs. Its consumption may cause nausea or diarrhea. It might negatively affect the treatment for thyroid disorders therefore it is recommended to consult its consumption with your physician. People suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or gastric ulcers should be very cautious as well.
Using of horseradish in kitchen
We all probably know a horseradish sauce. However, the healthiest form of horseradish is hidden in its fresh root, grated or sliced. If you are not able to manage its consumption in a raw state, cooked side dish is a suitable alternative as well.