Horseradish Health Benefits, Nutrition and Spice Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Horseradish Herb

  • Horseradish is less fat and calories, but is rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The root spice can help weight loss. Horseradish has little calories (around 6 kcal in each tablespoon) which make it an ideal condiment for the food you prepare. It is really flavorful as well and features a spicy taste that is proven effective to make people eat less food.
  • The spice clears sinuses, promotes facial blood circulation, and stimulates mucus expulsion from upper respiratory pathways. Horseradish has been employed as a treatment option since hundreds of years ago.
  • The leaves of horseradish when pressed on the forehead can eliminate headache quickly. Its root helps treat tonsillitis, and horseradish flower tea can cure cold and flu.
  • Because of its antibiotic properties, the spice helps treat urinary tract infections and eliminate germs in the throat which can cause coughs, bronchitis and related complications.
  • In addition, a study carried out in 2005 indicated that glucosinolates in horseradish raise the ability of liver to detoxify toxins that can cause cancer.
  • Other uses of horseradish include treating diabetes, mild blood circulation problems, bloating, toothache and helping digestion

Facts about Horseradish Herb

Fresh Horseradish Root Spice

Horseradish (scientific name Armoracia rusticana) is a powerful seasoning used successfully in phytotherapy. Due to its spicy taste, the root of horseradish is used in preserving the canned food during the winter season and is used also all year round in cooking many food recipes.

It is native to western Asia and south-eastern Europe and can survive the cold climate and droughts. It usually grows until 2 meter, with big edible leaves as well as a branched stem. Just like rhubarb and Egyptian onion, horseradish is an edible perennial that people would like to plant in their garden.

In Japan, the herb is known as "seiyo wasabi" (which means western wasabi). In countries other than Japan, genuine wasabi is hard to find, and the colored horseradish-based alternative is often used as a replacement. Because of high price, a popular alternative to wasabi is a combination of horseradish, mustard, and also green food coloring.

Horseradish Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutrition Information of 1 tablespoon (15 g) Prepared  Horseradish
Calories 7 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 47 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 1 g
Protein 0 g


Horseradish Recipe

Horseradish and Blue Cheese Hamburger Sauce

Serve: 2

  • 1/2 tablespoon horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh chives, minced
  • 1 tablespoon light sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper


  • In a small bowl, Combine all ingredients and mix well.
  • Spoon the mixture over grilled burgers. Enough for 2 burgers. 

Horseradish Side Effects

Horseradish is normally safe if consumed in medicinal amounts. But, it has mustard oil that is very irritating to your mouth, nose, throat, digestive tract, and urinary system. Horseradish may cause negative effects such as abdominal upset, bloody vomiting, as well as diarrhea. It can possibly lower the activity of the thyroid.

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