The Healing Powers of Raw Horseradish: A Natural Antibiotic

The chemicals in raw horseradish have been known to act as a natural antibiotic. Getting to know this healing spice and its medicinal applications can be beneficial to your health.

  • Raw horseradish has no odor, but cut into its flesh and you’ll sniff a waft of heat that can open the sinuses even on the worst day of allergy season. No wonder it was used as a medicine long before it was used as a food.
    Photo by Fotolia/Alla Bondaruk
  • "Healing Spices" by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, with Debora Yost, presents 50 different spices and their disease-fighting benefits.
    Cover courtesy Sterling Publishing

Breakthrough scientific research is finding that spices — even more than herbs, fruits and vegetables — are loaded with health-enhancing compounds. Healing Spices (Sterling Publishing, 2011), by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, with Debora Yost, explains how to use spices to support a healthy lifestyle. This A-Z guide profiles spices that are shown to have preventative or healing potential for common health conditions. The following excerpt covers the research and benefits of raw horseradish and the chemical make-up that allows it to act as a natural antibiotic.

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Raw Horseradish

Potent Infection Fighter

Horseradish is to spices what apples are to pies — very American. An estimated 85 percent of the world’s horseradish is grown here and a lot of it stays here: Americans consume six million gallons of horseradish a year!

2/22/2016 11:34:48 AM

Would be nice to include ways to use horseradish. Is it as potent if cooked? Can it be cooked??

4/23/2014 11:44:01 AM

Another consideration is using natural antibiotics whenever possible to help avoid bacterial resistance to chemical antibiotics... Laura J Wolfer

4/23/2014 10:41:22 AM

I have it growing in my garden a gift from MIL and would like more info. on how to use it. Like when do you dig up the roots spring,summer or fall??

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