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Eye wateringly good horseradish

April 3, 2013 by Ange  

Grated horseradish root

Grated horseradish root

Feed Yourself Smarter Tip: Grated frozen Horseradish

Horseradish is part of the brassica group of vegetables, which include broccoli, cabbage, watercress and cauliflower. They all contain allyl Isothiocynate, so what I hear you say? Well, researchers are discovering that this little phytonutrient is a potent inducer of glutathione, one of , if not the most potent and important antioxidant systems in our bodies, early stages in research, but this is also shown to improve lifespan in the animal models they have tested it on (1). Boosting your antioxidant systems helps detoxification pathways and may reduce oxidative damage and therefore part of the aging process.

Horseradish packs one mean punch in the taste department too so you’ll start to see why I like this spicy root so much. The problem is, it can be hard to find fresh horseradish, and when you do, it  it comes in a huge long root you only need a little tiny bit. I’ve found it at Borough Market and more recently at my local Asian Supermarket. So when you do find, the fabfood tip is to grate it and then freeze it immediately; then you just pull out some frozen root to add to your dish. But beware, it can make your eyes water!

I add it to Mackerel, avocado and miso paste for a kick; if you are really brave, then add it to a smoothie – that will certainly wake you up in the morning! It can also be added to any soups when you want that kick.

References: 1) Allyl Isothiocyanate that induces GST and UGT Expression Confers Oxidative Stress Resistance on C. elegans, as Demonstrated by Nematode Biosensor

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