Eat radish to prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, the new results suggest. A recent study questions whether “monster” radishes help reduce cardiovascular risk.
The monster radish also called as the Sakurajima daikon, is originally cultivated on the island of Sakurajima, Japan. In 2003, the Guinness Book of World Records officially certified Sakurajima weighing almost 69 pounds as the world’s largest radish.
Strong levels of antioxidant found in radishes have a major impact on factors associated with heart attack and stroke, for example, increased blood pressure and the risk of blood clots.
Until now, no studies have shown the link between eating monster radish and the potential cardiovascular benefits. But now the researchers at Kagoshima University in Japan carried out a new study to find out whether radishes reduce cardiovascular risk. Their findings were recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
Led by Katsuko Kajiya, the new study was conducted to see the Sakurajima’s influence over nitric oxide production—an important regulator which increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
Nitric oxide (NO) is a molecule that has the ability to reduce cardiovascular complications. The researchers also wanted to know the impact of the Sakurajima daikon on nitric oxide. They said that a plant hormone called trigonelline could be the main contributor.
“The Trigonelline compound is found in coffee and some agricultural and marine products. Trigonelline has been reported to reduce brain aging and Alzheimer-type dementias, and it has inhibitory effects on the invasion of cancer cells,” the authors concluded.