Healthy Spirit – Horseradish
Horseradish (maror) plays a starring role in the Pesach seder. It’s a member of the mustard plant family and has been used for thousands of years for nutritional and medicinal purposes.
- Horseradish contains isothiocynate and sinigrin, which have antioxidant characteristics that boost the immune system and stimulate white blood cell production.
- Horseradish has only 6 calories per serving, no fat, and is high in fiber and protein. It also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which make it a great condiment to use on a diet!
- Horseradish contains high levels of potassium which lowers blood pressure and can improve heart health.
- Horseradish was first bottled and sold commercially in the mid-1800s, making it one of the first convenience foods.
- In the American South, horseradish root was rubbed on the forehead to cure headaches. It stimulates increased blood flow which reduces inflammation.
- Horseradish gets its pungent taste from the oils released during cutting. Finely grated horseradish is hotter than coarsely grated horseradish.
- Glucosinolates, found in large amounts in horseradish, help the body detox from free radicals which can cause cancer.
- Horseradish has antibacterial properties and can help rid the body of the bacteria that causes bronchitis.