In a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Kagoshima in Japan, it is said that the compounds found in the Sakurajima Daikon radish, can help to protect coronary arteries and potentially prevent cardiac diseases and stroke.
Sakurajima Daikon is grown in Japan for many centuries. This variety of radish is one of the most massive vegetables in the world. In 2003, the Guinness Book of records recorded a radish weighing about 69 lbs (31.30 kg), making it the most heavy root crop in the world.
Radish is a good source of antioxidants that reduce the risk of high blood pressure and blood clots — risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
Scientists studied the response of human endothelial cells and pig on the impact of extracts from Sakurajima Daikon and smaller radisav. Using fluorescent microscopy and other analytical methods, they found that the Sakurajima Daikon radish induced a greater amount of nitric oxide in these vascular cells than the smaller radishes.
Nitric oxide is a key regulator of the function of the coronary blood vessels.
The researchers also identified trigonelline (plant hormone), which is an active component of the Sakurajima Daikon, which apparently contributes to the cascade of changes in the coronary blood vessels, which leads to improved production of nitric oxide.