Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Keep your gall bladder and liver healthy

Radishes are one of the first vegetables to show up at the farmer's markets in March (in NC), marking the return of spring. They come in shades of pink, red, purple, white, and black. There are many different varieties with red globes being the most common. The daikon radish, or Japanese radish, is a favorite in Asian cultures. Radishes have a peppery bite when eaten raw.
Radishes are a member of the cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts). They are an excellent source of sulfur, potassium, and vitamin C. You can also eat the leaves, which contain even more vitamin C. Radishes help keep your gall bladder and liver healthy by increasing the flow of bile.

Cooking tips + ideas:
Slice up to eat in salads
Dip into hummus or other spreads
Add daikon radishes to stir fries
Enjoy as a sandwich
Steam or boil to lessen the bite

Or eat radishes this way. Shred or grate radishes with carrots, lemon, ginger, tangerine segments, a dash of maple syrup, and sesame oil.

Sources: 
Murray 2005, p.  227-230.
http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/docs/seasonal-chart.pdf

1 comment:

symptoms of gallbladder problems said...

Gall bladder cancer is form of cancer that affects the tissues of the gall bladder. The gall bladder is an organ that is somewhat small in sized, shaped like a pear, and found just under the liver on the right side of the abdominal cavity. The function of the gall bladder is to store bile and digestive fluids that are produced by the liver.