If you want beautiful glowing skin, and an immune system powerful enough to fight off just about anything, don’t forget this highly nutritious but common vegetable.
Cabbage is powerful. Ancient healers thought it contained moon power because it grew in the moonlight. Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it’s worth adding to your weekly diet.
Ideal for weight loss because it is very low in calories and fat.
One of the least expensive vegetables per pound for nutritional content
High in sulfur – the beautifying mineral. (see below).
For women cabbage is a great source of iron and calcium.
Cabbage has 6-8 times the vitamin C content of an orange.
The Romans used cabbage to reduce hangovers from heavy drinking.
Sinigrin, just one of the glucosinolates in cabbage, has well-known cancer preventative properties
Cure for headaches: used externally as a compress and internally as raw cabbage juice.
Sulfur is called “Natures Beauty Mineral”
Just sitting in sulfur hot springs for a short time can create a noticeable improvement in ones’ complexion. It helps dry up oily and acne skin since it has a drying affect. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails and skin. It also aids the body in resisting bacteria, assisting the immune system, and cleansing the blood.
Cabbages can also be BIG. See this picture of a prize winning cabbage over 125 pounds with leaves over 5 feet. Big Cabbage
“My mother was a great cabbage fan; she loved her coleslaw the best. She made great cabbage rolls from a recipe her best friend Mary who was Ukrainian gave her. In honour of Mom I am posting this information about this powerfood cabbage. Soon I will be posting my healthier version of coleslaw. ”
Cabbage belongs to a class of vegetables called Brassica which includes broccoli, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. They are also known as cruciferous vegetables because their flowers are cross-shaped.
Types of cabbage:
Bok Choy: A Chinese cabbage with dark green leaves and white stems. Has the highest beta carotene and vitamin A content. (see right)
Green Cabbage: the most common variety; is pale green in colour tightly compacted leaves. Top picture is typical green cabbage.
Red Cabbage: this dark purple red cabbage is similar in taste to the green cabbage but with coarser leaves. Red cabbage has almost 3,000 times more anthocyanins (an antioxidant) as green cabbage
Savoy Cabbage: is green-yellow in colour, with crinkled leaves and is less compact than the green cabbage.(see left)
Cato the Elder, a famous Roman senator and author, praised this vegetable for its medicinal properties, declaring that “It is the cabbage that surpasses all other vegetables.”
I am the head chef at Real Food for Life and author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.