Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) shares membership in the Brassicaceae family with broccoli, cabbage, and mustard. Possibly native to southeastern Europe and western Asia, horseradish has garnered massive admiration for its pungent contributions to cuisines worldwide.
Along with its culinary attributes, horseradish encourages well-being. In its universal incarnation as prepared horseradish, the root vegetable contains such important nutrients in one tablespoon as:
- calcium, a bone and teeth builder, close to 1 percent of the recommended daily amount (RDA);
- folate, a healthy cell grower and maintainer, at over 2 percent RDA;
- potassium, a blood pressure regulator, at about 1 percent RDA;
- vitamin C, a free radical-busting antioxidant, at 6 percent RDA.
Additionally, horseradish is a rich source of glucosinolates, tumor-busting compounds which oppose the growth of existing tumors and prevent the formation of new tumors.
- Glucosinolates reduce cancer risk by eliminating free radicals.