Cabbage just may be one of the most medicinal foods on the planet. One cup of cabbage is both low in calories and high in fiber. It can help to heal stomach ulcers and prevent prostate, breast, and colon cancers. This super food is best when prepared in its raw form to preserve its nutrients. In the United States, cole slaw is perhaps the most common dish we associate with cabbage, but worldwide, it can be found in delicious soups and stews, as well.
Specific Health Benefits of Cabbage
Cabbage has the highest amount of the potent antioxidants found in cruciferous vegetables. Also rich in vitamin K, cabbage supports proper bone metabolism and can limit nerve damage in the brain (defending against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia), and improving mental function and concentration. Also loaded with vitamin C, it can help to reduce free radical damage in our bodies and protect against infection. High in sulphur, cabbage assists the body in detoxification and is essential for keratin production, a protein necessary for healthy hair, nails and skin. The natural red pigments of red cabbage may lower blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance. Cabbage is an excellent source of fiber, vitamins B1, B5, B6, folate, and manganese. In addition, cabbage provides magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium for strong bones and teeth, as well as potassium, which is important for regulating heart rate and blood pressure.
What Studies Show
Various studies have indicated that one of the phytonutrients found in cabbage, specifically indole-3-carbinol, prevents the growth of cancer cells. It also has been shown to support proper estrogen metabolism to block breast cancer. Over 50 years ago, a study was done revealing the effectiveness of using cabbage juice as a natural remedy to treat stomach ulcers (and one that has been used in Europe for many years).
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