Black radish – the black magic!

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Thousands of years ago in Egypt, Greece, Rome and China, they knew about black radish! There are illustrations with black radishes in Egyption tumbs, 2000 BC, and Herodutus (648-625 B.C.), the Greek historian, wrote about large crops and offers to Apollo. (Can this be the reason for Apollo’s beauty?)

Why black magic? Well, black because it’s black, and magic because when we eat a black radish salad, we have no idea what it does to our body, only see the good results. Without knowing we were treating ourselves.

It is also known by Spanish Black Radish. It contains: a high vitamin C content, B-vitamins, vitamins A and E, raphanin, protein, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, fatty acids, linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid and sulfur.
Here are 11 benefits of consuming black radish:

1. Helps the liver

It serves as a liver tonic, helping detoxifying it. How? It encourages the liver to produce fat- and protein-digesting bile and lowers the tension of the bile ducts.  It also improves peristaltic movement activating and regenerating liver cells.  This action also helps to cleanse and purify the blood and reduce gravel in the gallbladder. This is why it is not recommended to take it in large amounts if you know you have gallbladder stones. The process of eliminating them will be activated, and this should be done only under medical care, so that a stone cannot remain stuck on a smaller duct.

By inhibiting damage to red blood cells and boosting oxygen supply to the blood, black radish can be highly useful in the treatment of jaundice.

2. Detoxifies the body

By helping to increase the bile production, the black radish will facilitate the elimination of stagnating food and toxins. It contains a variety of minerals that increases the flow of digestive juices, thus reducing indigestion, abdominal bloating, flatulence and acid regurgitation.
It is also a diuretic, the black radish will encourage the production of urine; and thus the elimination of toxins and stones in the increased urine flow.

3. Fights constipation

Black radish are high in fiber and digestive stimulants, which means that a regular consumption will regulate the bowels movements. Also, since dehydration is a major cause of constipation, radishes help hydrate and lubricate the intestines and encourage relaxed bowel movements.

4. Assists the immune system

The black radish has antimicrobial effect, stimulates mucous membranes and clear congestion. All these makes it perfect for improving the resistance against common microbial infections, such as colds, sore throats, ear infections, and radish for colds, cough, bronchitis

In 1987, Prahoveanu described a study in which liquid radish extract was administered to mice before they were inoculated with an influenza virus. There was a significant decrease in the mortality rate and a significant increase in the rate of survival as compared to the untreated controls.

Another study was done in 1947 (!) by Ivanovics, who found it to be protective against E. coli–more so than penicillin G.

It is also effective in treating colds and cough, by reducing pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mouth and throat and also the inflammation of the airways, such as bronchitis. The black radish syrup has a good taste, can be taken very easily by children and has no side-effects. Maybe except of peeing. Which is going to be a lot. 🙂

5. Balances thyroid hormones

It does that by means of a substance called raphanin, which is believed to reduce the symptoms of hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. Some believe this substance is beneficial in the treatment of Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. (I found a guy on Amazon, reviewing black radish capsules, who said the radish treated this condition.)

6. Aids in weigh loss

Black Radish Liquid Extract, Dried Root Tincture found on

Black radish is low in fat, calories and cholesterol. It’s also rich in fiber and water, which suppresses the appetite and curbs cravings. And the fact that it supplies the body with different nutrients means more energy for weight loss physical activities. 🙂

7. Helps prevent cancer

The good radish is a good source of anthocyanins and sulforaphane. According to recent research, these can help combat cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, ovary, mouth, stomach and kidney.

8. Maintains proper levels of blood pressure

The high amount of potassium of black radish helps keep levels of blood pressure in their normal limits.

9. Benefits the hair

The black radish stimulates the hair roots and boosts blood circulation in the scalp. It also strengthens the hair shaft. A glass of black radish juice a day can significantly reduce hair fall.  That’s good to know for all men over 40. (If they can drink that much radish juice!)

It also solves another hair issue, like dryness or oiliness, and dandruff. To combat these problems, apply black radish juice to the hair, or make use of a black radish hair mask.

10. Treats skin disorders

It solves a common problem like angular cheilitis. This condition is characterized by red inflamed lesions on the mouth corners, caused by bacterial or fungal infection, nutritional deficiency, or by skin dryness. Eating more of black radish provides you with vitamin B complex and other important nutrients for fighting angular cheilitis. Its antibacterial properties, meanwhile, can help combat the infection-causing bacteria on the corners of your mouth. it will also strengthens the immune defense, which will be able to prevent the infection from coming back.

Having so many antioxidants like vitamin C, black radish can slow down skin aging by neutralizing harmful free radicals inside the body. The result is a younger-looking skin free of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of premature skin aging.

Black radish juice helps get rid of blemishes on your face including blackheads, dark spots, acne or acne marks. It’s also a great idea to use a face pack made with black radish pulp.






11. Treats scurvyreading about the benefits of black radish

Though this is not a problem of these days, we must remember that in the past scurvy was treated with black radish, because of its high content of Vitamin C.

Do you know any other uses for black radish? In your black magic book, have you read of some other benefits of it?
Leave a comment here, because everybody wants to know.

“Reading the book” picture credit inarik via

Black radish – the black magic! was last modified: November 20th, 2017 by Laura

20 Responses

  1. SJ says

    Thank you for sharing your helpful article. I am doing research for a particular digestive issue my friend’s child has. I am not asking for medical guidance and I won’t hold the comment you respond with as such.

    However there is an article I wanted your feedback on. I don’t think I can post it here (don’t know your site rules), but a naturopath posted an article, I believe it is called ‘Sarah got healed with a radish’. It’s about a child with biliary atresia who was terminal. Apparently her condition was inoperable and she was not given a good prognosis. However now she is
    35 with her own liver and lived way past her life expectancy because of her parents use with black radish in her diet.

    Is there any chance you would care to guess or know which black radish they may have used?—whether spanish or Japanese? And how one would go about juicing a radish? Would it need to be peeled first and so forth? Can it be stored in the fridge if a lot done at one time or is it luke garlic and better when done fresh.

    The article yielded great information, just not a lot of specifics. Thanks for any feedback.

    • Laura says

      Hi SJ,
      For liver problems it must have been Spanish black radish. I searched for that Sarah article and indeed I found one which was quite explicit. Here.
      My personal opinion is that one can make juice enough for a day then keep it and drink it at room temperature.
      Anyway you can also ask the author, I googled her and found enough info available.
      All the best.

  2. Susana says

    SORRY, one more question please. Do you recommend any other black radish supplements? The tincture you recommend has questionable reviews and also isn’t prime. What do you think of the capsules or tablets? I usually open my capsules and drink them in the a.m. with little water and apple pectin.

    • Laura says

      I usually take the syrup formed by mixing honey and black radish (and also give it to my child when he has a sore throat). I take it as general tonic, not to treat something. For a therapeutic purpose you can take capsules or tablets. It’s easier and in a more concentrated form. Opened capsules are just fine.

  3. Susana says

    What a darling reply 🙂
    Many-many thanks for taking the time to explain.

    Blessing to you and yours!

  4. Susan says

    Hi Laura,
    So are you saying if someone has parasites to not take black radish? I need something to help support the bile flow of my gallbladder and liver while treating for parasites in which I know I have from several factors (too scary to post)…

    • Laura says

      Susan, I searched through my article and comments and I didn’t find where I could have said this. On the contrary. If you have parasites, especially if you take some conventional drugs against them, black radish (and honey) will protect your liver and help with detoxifying the body (from all the toxins left there by the parasites!)
      I have also read the black radish extract encourages the liver to produce fat- and protein-digesting bile and lowers the tension of the bile ducts. It also improves peristaltic movement. So I think black radish may be a good friend of yours.

  5. Shannon says

    I also have IBS. My NTP has me taking 3 in morning and 3 at dinner. I have horrible allergies and cannot seem to gain wait. When I take the 3 black spanish radish it makes my stomach burn and I constantly feel like I have to go the bathroom only not urine. Is this normal. Thank

    • Laura says

      Hi Shannon,

      Your problem seems to be more than just IBS. I have recently read an article about problems like yours and the author (a medical doctor) solved the problem by discovering a pretty rare parasite in the man’s gut. It is difficult to make tests for all possible parasites and so he was recommending anyone to take, in advance, a remedy for parasites along with a liver-protecting drug.
      It may be this or it may be a virus or a bacteria. This IBS is caused by something and all these doctors recommend to try and eliminate the cause first, while in the same time keep a strict diet and take supplements to repair the gut.
      I hope this helps you,

  6. bonnie christopherson says

    I have IBS will it help to manage this very debilitating syndrome?

  7. Laura says

    My naturopathic dr just started me on the Standard Process Spanish black radish tablets. I am feeling good about this. I have lyme, strep and other parasites. Great article!

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  9. Tobin says

    Where can I find black radish liquid locally (south OC, CA)?

    • Laura says

      Hi Tobin,
      Liquid like ampoules? I don’t know where to find them in Orange County. I suppose you couldn’t find some raw black radishes in a vegetable market… Try online shops, maybe from Canada. MICHELLE here says they sell them as ampoules there. Here is an example found at
      Or from, a dried root tincture: Black Radish Liquid Extract
      I hope this info helps.

  10. MICHELLE says


    • Laura says

      I would have never expected this: ampoules. They must be taking things really seriously there. Good for them.
      But this means our allopathic medicine is recognizing the power of our plants. And this is amazing.

  11. Jaron says

    A long time ago I used to do research on black radish because my mother took it. So I happen to know a thing or two about it and this article is as accurate as it’s going to get. GREAT INFO HERE!

    • Laura says

      I am very grateful for your appreciation. Thank you

  12. McKing says

    No way!! Seriously?! First of all, I didn’t even know there is such a thing as a black radish… and that is so powerfully empowered to help us in our health!! Thanks for sharing such a magical item!! 😀

    • Laura says

      You are funny as usual, McKing. Yes, I’m not kidding, black radish does exist, and yes, it does magic. And I will repeat myself: Try it if you don’t believe me! 🙂