Radish sprouts are said to provide a sense of fullness after eating, helping you eat less without compromising on nutrition. Radish sprout enzymes break down the starch in foods, which increases the absorption of nutrients. Radish sprouts have high concentrations of phytochemicals which help protect against disease.
Radish sprouts have also gained popularity because of their naturally occurring plant estrogens, similar to human estrogen. This makes them helpful with symptoms related to PMS, menopause, hot flashes and fibrocystic disease.
Radish sprouts are an excellent source of folate, with 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of radish sprouts delivering almost a quarter of the Daily Value of folate. Folate is believed to promote cardiovascular health by breaking down homocysteine, an amino acid that is thought to promote atherosclerosis (fatty deposits in blood vessels). About half of people with cardiovascular disease have elevated homocysteine levels, compared with only 5% of the general population. In addition to providing tons of folate, radish sprouts contain plenty of vitamin B6, another nutrient that has been shown to break down homocysteine in the body.
Weight loss benefits aside, vitamin C rich foods – such as radish sprouts – can offer benefits for the skin. Our skin is constantly bombarded with free radicals created by cigarette smoke, pollution, drugs, heavy exercising, toxins, stress, and UV radiation, but vitamin C helps destroy these harmful molecules. In addition, vitamin C helps the body produce collagen, a protein that keeps your skin smooth, elastic, and wrinkle-free. As part of the natural aging process, our collagen production slows down, which is why especially older people may reap extra beauty benefits by eating radish sprouts and other foods that are rich in vitamin C.(See more at: www.healwithfood.org)