Daikon contains the digestive enzymes amylase, diastase, and esterase, which can facilitate better digestion of complex carbohydrates, proteins and fats making them easier to absorb by increasing nutrient uptake in the gut. (This has the side effect of weight loss.) Consuming daikon also helps to prevent constipation.
It also helps to detoxify the kidneys by increasing urine production, helping to remove waste, water and toxins. It’ll aid the liver, lymphatic system and sweat glands also by filtering out toxins.
Like other members of the cruciferous family of veggies, daikon is a rich source of calcium, which is essential for bone and teeth health.
Toss it in your soups (it loves miso soup), pickle it, stir fry it or grate it and add to your summer salads.
You’ll find it in your supermarket these days, and also likely your local green grocer.