Horseradish Recipe – Toxin Terminator
How can something so ugly be so good for us? Horseradish is a super food, there, I said it and I won’t take it back! 😉 Below you will find a simple Horseradish Recipe. I like to call it the Toxin Terminator because of two very specific plant chemicals (phytochemical) Isothiocyanate and Glucosinolate. Say it with me “i-so-thigh-o-si-o-nates” and “glue-cos-sin-o-late”. Whew! They are responsible for “protecting” the plant of the horseradish and can do the same for you. I’ll protect you from mispronouncing them!
- Isothiocyanate – Can protect you from bacteria that cause food born illnesses, like e-coli and listeria. It can help deactivate the harmful chemicals in the body and help reduce over all toxicity.
- Glucosinolates – When shredded, chopped or destroyed horseradish will release a pungent smell that is a sulfur containing chemical. The same happens when it is chewed and digested. This plant chemical can help increase resistance to some cancers. Some studies have shown that these plant chemicals can even help prevent tumor growth and spread. In addition it is no surprise that these plant chemicals are also natural antibiotics in the body and are used routinely as palliative care when treating women with UTI’s.
Now, you can’t eat junk food everyday and then eat some horseradish and think everything will be hunky dory! These are only the possibilities that can happen with this powerful super food. I make no claims that it heals, cures or prevents anything. All I can say is it good for the human body and as a cancer survivor I try not to skip the horseradish as it makes it way around the table!
How To Eat It!
I have found, like with most foods, there are two types of people, the lovers and the despisers! Horseradish is a strong taste. It is probably not something you are going to just want to pull out of the fridge and eat. No one ever said “Hey, no snacking on the horseradish!” Having said that you will love it when paired with a great protein like grass fed steak, wild caught salmon or eggs. You can add it to mustards and even make a yummy yogurt dip using this amazing root veggie.
A word of caution, it will make your eyes water, your nose snot and clear your sinuses in a snap. In fact the taste is not hot on the tongue like a hot pepper would be, the hot is in your sinuses. The fresher the horseradish root the stronger you will notice these effects. If you are hand grating I suggest some onion goggles or some kind of protection. I use a small blender to make mine and getting it from the blender to the storage container is a race to keep me from losing all my mascara! Never ever ever ever, take a big whiff of it after freshly chopping or grating it. If you do just remember the effects are temporary, get some fresh air and stay calm, if you can.
Homemade Horseradish Recipe
½ lb horseradish root, peeled
2 tbs cold water
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp sea salt
Rough cut horseradish root, place in food processor or high-speed blender and blend. Add water, apple cider vinegar and sea salt, then blend. Add more cold water, a tablespoon at a time for desired consistency. Can be stored in refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Careful not to expose your eyes or take deep breathes during this process. It will burn them and cause great discomfort, although temporary.