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Daikon Radish for Cancer Prevention

daikon root ladyThe question is; can the Daikon Radish really prevent cancer?

Recent studies of daikon juice have gained the attention of many scientists. Researchers at the College of Pharmacy in Tokyo have found that daikon juice essentially blocks the formation of toxic chemicals in the body.

The scientists discovered that the juice of this amazing radish contains “phenolic compounds” that can obstruct nitrosamines (a type of carcinogen that can form in the stomach.)

Consequently, a diet that contains raw daikon may decrease the risk of cancer.


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Other Health Benefits

Daikon is known as an effective decongestant and diuretic. As a decongestant, the enzymes in daikon juice are said break down and get rid of phlegm and mucus in the respiratory system. As a diuretic, raw daikon supports the release of excess water through the kidneys. As a result, there is improved urination and a steady decrease of swelling (known as edema).

More about the Cancer Fighting Radish

dancing daikon root plantDaikon is a cruciferous vegetable and is in the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale. It is high in vitamin C and folacin. Although it is very low in calories (18 calories per 100 gram serving), it provides 27 percent of the RDA for vitamin C.

The daikon radish also contains the active enzyme myrosinase. It is a known enzyme preventative for goiters and lowering the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Like most enzymes, myrosinase is said to lose its medicinal qualities when cooked at high temperatures.

Cooking with Daikon

Most complex carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are hard to digest and assimilate. The active enzymes in daikon help transform complex carbohydrates, fats, and proteins so they can be easily assimilated.

Traditional Japanese restaurants serve daikon oroshi (grated daikon) in tempura dip to help the digestion of oil. Daikon is also shredded with raw fish to help the assimilation of protein.

In actuality, grated daikon is a superb benefit to people with weak digestive systems. But it is imperative that you use grated daikon immediately. It is said that nearly 50 percent of its enzymes are lost within thirty minutes.

Some Ancient Remedies

daikon root with topsA tablespoon of grated daikon is traditionally added to a few drops of soy sauce or tamari to help the body eliminate animal protein and accumulated fats in the body.

As well, daikon is customarily cooked with kombu broth (a brown Japanese seaweed), to help eliminate excess dairy in the system.

In ancient folk medicine a tea brewed from daikon, kombu and shiitake has been used to reduce fever.

Chinese medicine regards the daikon radish or “lo-bak” as sweet in taste and slightly cool in nature.

It assists the lungs and spleen by clearing phlegm, promoting digestion, inhibit coughing, cools internal heat, moves stagnant qi downwards and prevents or eliminates the formation of cancer cells. “Lo-bak” is frequently used in numerous home remedies.

Eating and Preparing the Daikon Radish

daikon root in broth

The daikon radish is very common in many Asian cuisines because it is abundant all year round making it very reasonable in price.

Aside from being affordable, the Daikon Radish is recognized as a healthy food choice. The Japanese, Chinese and Korean use daikon in numerous soups, stews and in pickles.

Note: Many health experts feel that one of the main reasons why Asian people live healthier, longer lives than most people in the Western world is because of their healthy diet that includes foods like the daikon radish.

Pickled Daikon is one of the best ways to consume daikon on a regular basis. This holds true especially if you cannot find fresh daikon. Pickled daikon is easy to make and lasts in the refrigerator for several months. It can also be found at some local grocers, Asian markets and online.

Pickled daikon is best consumed as an appetizer before your main meal for optimum medicinal results. You can eat it plain or with a salad. Try adding daikon to a favorite salad such as

Cranberry Spinach Salad or

Spinach Avocado Salad with Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette 

See Pickled Daikon recipe if you by chance find fresh daikon!

Planting Daikon Radish

Thank goodness spring is around the corner. It is only January, but it’s time to start ordering organic seed for the garden. Why not add daikon radish seeds to  your list? Daikon Radish Seeds


Disclaimer: The statements enclosed herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products and information mentioned in this article are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of a healthcare professional. Before starting any diet, seek expert advice.



rows of daikon root hanging on twine

Picture credit

Daikon root that looks like a lady: artolog via photopin cc
Daikon root with tops: Cpt. Obvious via photopin cc Sliced daikon root: avlxyz via photopincc
Dancing daikon root plant: Carly & Art via photopincc
Daikon root salad: Ron Dollete via photopincc
Daikon root with rope: postbear via photopincc
Daikon roots hanging to dry: detsugu via photopincc
Daikon root in broth: shingo via photopincc
Rows of daikon root hanging on twine: autan via photopincc


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3 Responses

  1. KOH  says:

    It’s Great photos~love this
    Happy day for you ^^

  1. September 28, 2014

    […] For more information on the health benefits of the daikon radish see Daikon Radish for Cancer Prevention […]

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