Radish is an edible root vegetable that was first cultivated in Europe during the pre-Roman times. It belongs to the Brassicaceae family and is consumed all over the world mostly in the form of salad and as well as vegetable. Being a good source of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc. it provides a number of health benefits, and as well as beauty benefits, but it should also be noted that just like everything, there are also some side effects of eating too many radishes. In this article, we will know about these side effects in detail, but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of radish.
Nutrition Chart of Radish
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Radish
(1) May Not Be So Good For Our Kidneys
Radish is diuretic in nature which means it increases the production of urine in our body, forcing us to go to pee every now and then.
This diuretic property of radish is very beneficial in removing toxins and other impurities from our body, and also lessen the burden on the kidneys.
It helps in keeping our kidneys healthy, which in turn helps in reducing the risk of urinary tract infections.
Although the diuretic nature of radish is beneficial for us still it is better to eat them in moderation. This is because eating too many radishes may force our body to lose excess water and this may lead to dehydration. It can also be stressful for our kidneys.
Dehydration is dangerous as in these conditions our organs get deprived of the water, and this interferes with their functionality. The importance of water in our body can easily be understood by the fact that our body is made up of around 60 percent water, and all our vital organs like brain, lungs, kidneys, liver, etc. are made up of around 70 to 90 percent water.
Even though radish is also a good source of water ( which makes it effective in fighting dehydration) but the diuretic nature of radish counteracts with it.
(2) May Cause Hypotension
Eating radish on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial in regulating our blood pressure level and thus helps in controlling hypertension or high blood pressure.
This benefit of radish is mainly due to the presence of vital mineral “Potassium” in it. Potassium is a vasodilator which means it relaxes our blood vessels, and thus improves blood circulation. By improving blood circulation, it helps in controlling hypertension.
As hypertension or high blood pressure is a leading cause of many cardiovascular problems, so, by controlling high blood pressure, it also helps in controlling cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat, etc.
Although radish is very effective in controlling high blood pressure, it should also be noted that consuming radish in excessive quantity is not at all a good idea.
This is because excessive consumption of radish may lower our blood pressure to an abnormally low level and this may give rise to hypotension or low blood pressure. Some common symptoms of hypotension are fatigue, lightheadedness, nausea, depression, clammy skin, etc.
Similarly, if you are already taking medication for controlling high blood pressure then including radish in your diet can interfere with the medication, dropping your blood pressure to a dangerously low level.
(3) May Cause Hypoglycemia
Eating radish on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for people with diabetes or who are at the risk of developing diabetes.
This benefit of radish is mainly because of the low glycemic index and low sugar content present in it. The glycemic index of radish is very low which means it releases sugar into the bloodstream at a slow rate and thus prevents a sudden spike in the blood sugar level.
In addition to this, they are also a good source of dietary fibers that reduces the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream. Both these factors combined together, make radish perfect food for the people suffering from diabetes.
Although radish is very beneficial in controlling blood sugar level, it should also be noted that eating too many radishes is also bad.
This is because, excessive consumption of radish may lower your blood sugar to a dangerously low level, giving rise to a condition known as “Hypoglycemia”.
Hypoglycemia is a condition in which sugar level in our blood drops down to a dangerously low level. Some common symptoms of hypoglycemia are excess sweating, excess hunger, fainting, shakiness, confusion, tingling lips, anxiety, blurred vision, etc.
Also, if you are a diabetic patient and already taking medication for the same, then excessive consumption of radish may interfere with the medication.
For this reason, it is advisable to eat radish in moderation, and if you are on medication, then it is better to first have a word with your doctor.
(4) Too Much Iron Is Bad For Us
Eating radish on a regular basis has been found to be very effective in reducing the risk of development of anemia and also helps in treating anemia.
Anemia is a condition caused by the deficiency of iron in our blood and may give rise to symptoms like general fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, brittle nails, swollen tongue, etc.
Iron plays an important role in keeping us healthy as it aids in the development of red blood that carries oxygenated blood to every cell of our body.
Regular and moderate consumption of radish has been found to be very effective in reducing the risk of anemia and also aids in treating it.
This benefit of radish is mainly due to the presence of “Iron” in it. Iron is a vital mineral that allows red blood cells to carry oxygenated blood to every cell and tissue of our body, and thus improves their functionality.
The presence of iron in radish makes it a very effective for treating anemia, a condition caused by the deficiency of iron and includes symptoms like dizziness, fatigue, weakness, irregular heartbeat, headache, shortness of breath, etc.
However, it should be remembered that not just the deficiency, even the excessive consumption of iron is bad for our health. The extreme level of iron in our body can give rise to symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, decreased blood sugar level, damage to the liver, increased risk of internal bleeding, etc.
This is another reason to avoid overeating radishes.
(5) Raw Radish Is Not So Good For Thyroid
Eating radish on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very effective in treating various thyroid problems.
This benefit of radish is mainly due to the presence of compounds like sulfur and raphanin in them. These compounds not only boost metabolism but also helps in balancing out thyroid hormones, and thus helps in treating problems associated with the thyroid.
However, there is another compound named “Goitrogen” present in the radish that can interfere with the thyroid hormones and may cause malfunction of the thyroid gland.
This substance “Goitrogen” can easily be neutralized by cooking.
So, if you are suffering from thyroid problems then it will be better for you to eat radish in the cooked form and not in the raw form. And, even if you don’t have any thyroid problem it is best to stick “raw radish eating” to once in a while, but for regular use, cooked radish is best.
(6) Too Much Fiber Is Bad For Us
Consuming radish on a regular basis has been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy.
This benefit of radish is mainly due to the presence of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc. in them.
In addition to this, they are also a good source of dietary fibers that acts as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and thus ensures smooth elimination of stool from our body. By doing so, it not only helps in treating constipation but also provide relief from digestive disorders like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, gas, etc.
They also perform several other functions like regulating blood sugar, managing cholesterol level, removing toxins from our body, etc.
However, it should be noted that eating too much fiber is also bad for our health, and it may give rise to problems like constipation, diarrhea, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, etc.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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