The Health Benefits of Cabbage
by Dr. Linda Posh
ruins the reason for eating such a healthful food in the first place.
Cabbage is a sturdy, strong and abundant vegetable. Hardy and easy to grow, it is
almost universally available in all countries and cultures. Cabbage belongs to the all
important family of cruciferous vegetables. The members of this family of vegetables
are so named for their cross shaped (crucifer) flower petals. Rich in nutrition and
fiber, cabbage is an absolutely phenomenal source of Vitamin C. Even more
impressive is that cabbage is famous for a specialized, naturally occurring,
nitrogenous compound known as indoles. Current research indicates that indoles can
lower the risk of various forms of cancer.
Cabbage was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. An early Roman
medicinal preperation blended lard with the ashes of burnt cabbage to make an
ointment for disinfecting wounds. Throughout history, the Asian diet has been rich
and abundant in cabbage and its various varieties. Epidemiological studies have found
that men living in China and Japan experience a much lower rate of prostate cancer
than their American counterparts. Similar data has been uncovered regarding breast
cancer rates among women.
It is no wonder that the lowely, plain, boring cabbage gets rave reviews from the
world of nutritionists. Cabbage is relatively cheap yet one of the richest when it
comes to protective vitamins. Talk about the original weight loss food! One cup of
cabbage contains only around 15 calories.
Cabbage is rich in the following nutrients:
Vitamin A: responsible for the protection of your skin and eyes.
Vitamin C: an all important anti-oxidant and helps the mitochondria to burn fat.
Vitamin E: a fat soluble anti-oxidant which plays a role in skin integrity.
Vitamin B: helps maintain integrity of nerve endings and boosts energy metabolism.
Modern science has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the health benefits and
therapeutic value of cabbage, which also plays a role in the inhibition of infections and
ulcers. Cabbage extracts have been proven to kill certain viruses and bacteria in the
laboratory setting. Cabbage boosts the immune system's ability to produce more
antibodies. Cabbage provides high levels of iron and sulphur, minerals that work in
part as cleansing agents for the digestive system.
There are many different varieties of cabbage, so please, be brave and innovative.
Green cabbage is the most popular, common and of course the one we are most
familiar with. Take a walk on the wild side with Savoy cabbage. With yellow crinkled
leaves, you can use this variety of cabbage as an alternate in many recipes. Let's not
forget Bok Choy, a routine addition to Chinese recipes that has a sweet, light, celery
type familiarity. Red Cabbage. It goes without saying in that it simply has to be good
for you given all that beautiful plant pigment where the majority of nutrition is stored.
Red cabbage is good in salads and is commonly pickled. Napa cabbage has a mild
sweet taste and is incredible in stir fry dishes.
Whatever your choice of cabbage may be, enjoy a serving at least once a week
along with your other valuable and health promoting cruciferous vegetables. Try to
cook your cabbage lightly. Steaming and quick stir fry dishes are considered to be the
best methods for preserving the power packed natural nutrition given so freely by
Mother Nature. Cabbage soup anyone?
About The Author
Dr. Linda Posh MS SLP ND. "Doc Posh" brings a fresh perspective to natural health
and nutrition. She packs a solid educational background with degrees in organic
chemistry, psychology and a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The
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neurorehab services, special education, autism support services, spinal cord injuries,
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Sadly, most American households
wrinkle their noses at the mere
mention of this valuable, all powerful
and sorely misunderstood vegetable.
The word cabbage is usually enough
to send children to their rooms with a
myraid of excuses as to why they
may not wish to eat their evening
meal. While cabbage is a delicious and
healthful staple in other countries, it is
almost foreign to Americans, with the
exception of good old fashioned cole
slaw. Do recognize that this American
cabbage specific, mayonnaise laden
dish full of hydrogenated oils and
other unmentionables, absolutely
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