Cabbage – the Big Powerfood

| September 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

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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.

8 Healthy Benefits of Cabbage:

  1. Ideal for weight loss because it has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage and is low fat.
  2. It is a brain food! It is full of Vitamin K and Anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage improving your defense against  Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.  Red cabbage has the highest amount in it. 
  3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral. It helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin.
  4. Helps detoxify the blood. The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid); which are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism, and gout.
  5. Has well-known cancer preventative  compounds (lupeol, sinigrin, and sulforaphane) known to stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
  6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high. The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.
  7. Cabbage for headaches:  a warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead.  Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.
  8. Hangovers from heavy drinking were reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times.

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Cabbage Trivia

  • Some children’s legends say babies come from ‘Cabbage Patches’. 
  • Cabbage is considered Russia’s national food. Russians eat about seven times as much cabbage as the average North American. 
  • Chinese scrolls from1000 BC declare white cabbage as a cure for baldness in men.
  • “It will make you feel as if you had not eaten and you can drink as much as you like.”  Said Cato, a Roman who lived till he was 80, ate it before and after meals.
  • Babe Ruth used to wear a cabbage leaf under his hat during games which he would switch out for a fresh leaf halfway through each game.
  • See the world’s biggest cabbage, prize winning cabbage over 125 pounds with leaves over 5 feet. Big Cabbage

  growing cabbages Cabbage History

  • Cabbage is one of the oldest known vegetables. 
  • Cabbage dates back to 4,000 B.C. in Shensi province in China.
  • Around 600 B.C. the Celts brought cabbage to Europe from Asia.
  • In 1536 French navigator Jacques Cartier brought cabbage to the Americas.
  • In  Captain Cook’s famous first voyage, (17 century) many of the crew members were saved from gangrene when the ship’s doctor made poultices of cabbage to apply to their wounds. 

nappa cabbage chinese 450 Types of cabbage:

There are many different types of cabbages with different taste and uses.
They include: green cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, bok choy, and brussel sprouts.

Cabbage Nutrition:

Cabbage is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre. It also has phytonutrients which is said to prevent cancer. Cabbage will not only help you lose weight it will also strengthen your immune system for it contains vitamin C. The natural red pigments of red cabbage is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. For more information click Cabbage Nutrition:

warm winter crunchy salad

Cabbage Recipes :

Cabbage Walnut Salad

Warm Winter Crunchy Salad:  This has all the grounding warming foods suitable for winter rather than cooling lettuces.

Learn How to Cook and Combine with Cabbage:

Cabbage is such great Powerfood that I use it in some of my 2-5-30 Healthy Diets, such as
Winter 2-5-30 Healthy Diet.   

 

 

About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the 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.

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