Horseradish – not only for immunity

Horseradish at the Polish table appears at least once a year – during Easter holidays. On other occasions it appears quite rarely, served mainly as an addition to meats. This supplement can do more good for your health than you think. 

Horseradish has a sharp taste and a distinct smell, from which it can curl up in the nose. Few people know that these culinary values ​​conceal pro-healthy qualities. Consumers who already have this knowledge use it as a home remedy for colds, indigestion, rheumatism and sick bays. 


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Unique horseradish 

Horseradish is a common plant, unruly in terms of crops, hence relatively cheap on the market. The secret of pro-health properties of horseradish lies in the content of glucosinolates (mainly synigrine and gluconasturcin). It is believed that the most important constituents of cruciferous vegetables (which also include horseradish) with anticancer activity include the glucosinolates mentioned and their decomposition products – isothiocyanates – substances that also give a spicy taste. 

A cousin of Brussels sprouts and cauliflower 

Horseradish belongs to the family of cabbage vegetables, which also includes cabbage, Brussels sprouts, radishes, swede and cauliflower and broccoli. Like the vegetables mentioned, it has an anti-cancer effect, but also fungicidal and bactericidal. It owes them to the content of phenethyl isothiocyanate and allyl isothiocyanate. Horseradish reduces the risk of bladder cancer and inhibits the development of lung cancer and esophageal cancer. It can also be used prophylactically against gastric cancer. 

Urase fresh horseradish 

If you want to use the maximum potential of horseradish, choose a horseradish with a larger diameter – it contains more anti-cancer substances. It is also very important to choose only fresh horseradish. The one stored in jars and grated contains less isothiocyanates. Besides, by choosing fresh horseradish we provide the body with more vitamins. In the root of horseradish there are vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamins B (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9), vitamin A and vitamin E. In addition, horseradish contains quite a lot of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, zinc and manganese. 

Additive to dishes that stimulates digestion 

The one who first came up with the idea of ​​serving horseradish as an addition to meat dishes probably knew that horseradish supports digestion – or unconsciously created a health- beneficial connection. Horseradish significantly facilitates the absorption of food and improves metabolism. After eating a greasy, hard to digest meat dish, digestive problems may arise – that’s why they were served with horseradish. The tradition of adding horseradish to meat dishes was born in the Old Polish cuisine, probably already in the 17th century. Horseradish also has warming properties. 

Horseradish for immunity – only fresh 

In 100 g of fresh horseradish there is about 150 mg of vitamin C – this is a large content. In addition, horseradish is a valuable source of antibacterial substances, including phytoncides, lysozyme and phenylethyl alcohol. Therefore, fresh, grated horseradish supports immunity. When cooked, it already contains traces of vitamin C. Horseradish can also be used as an agent for external use – sniffing off grated horseradish (actually inhaling essential oils) clears the nose. The horseradish-based syrup has an expectorant effect. 

Wraps of horseradish and rubbing – for various types of pains 

The horseradish can be used for wraps and rubbing solutions. Folk medicine values ​​its properties very much. Horseradish compresses cause slight irritation and congestion of the skin and have a warming effect. Therefore, they help relieve muscle aches and contractures, reduce swellings and improve the mobility of joints in the limbs. In phytotherapy, horseradish wraps are used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, sciatic nerve inflammation and gout. The rubbing solution is prepared from 10% ammonia and horseradish (10 ml ammonia per 40 ml of grated horseradish). It is used in rheumatic disease. 

Who should not eat horseradish? 

Horse radishes, inflammation of the digestive tract, kidney disease, cirrhosis and thyroid problems should avoid horseradish. 


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Plants that fight cancer?

Cancer is not a new phenomenon, it was already described in V / IV in BC by Hippocrates (460-370 BC) 1 Contrary to popular beliefs and “knowledge from the Internet has not been able to prove that vitamin C fights cancer. Perhaps administering vitamin C may be helpful in chemotherapy. In 2012, there were 8.2 million deaths related to cancer and about 14 million new cases. 


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The number of new cancers is expected to increase by around 70% over the next two decades. In men, lung, prostate, colon, stomach and liver were diagnosed most frequently. In women, breast, colon, lung, cervix and stomach. 2 


Probably the most well-known anti-cancer drug of plant origin is Paclitaxel (Taxol®). The cytotoxic activity of this taxane diterpene is known at least since the 1970s (first scientific descriptions). The active ingredient is found in the bark extracts of Taxus brevifolia (short-stem Cis). Taxol was approved for use by the FDA only in 1992, initially for the treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer. It is one of the best-selling medicines. In 2002, the sale of taxol and camptothecin (known in Poland as topotecan), a topoisomerase I DNA inhibitor, amounted to over 2.75 billion dollars. 



Unfortunately, cannabis (Cannabis sativa L. var. Indica) and cannabis (Cannabis sativa L. var. Sativa) – they promise a lot, and they do not really do much. There is a lot of in vitro research on this subject, and very few show that cannabis helps fight cancer. Rather, it is suggested that smoking marijuana may promote lung cancer. 5-6 It is estimated that the risk of lung cancer increases by 8% for each subsequent year of marijuana smoking and by 7% for each subsequent year of smoking. 

For now, there are many reports of the treatment of cancer by these or those plants, but in fact most of these observations come from in vitro studies and often find no reference to the human system. 


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