Cabbage is one of the oldest known vegetable from the brassica family of organic superfood like cauliflower, kale and broccoli. Sturdy and healthful, this enduring dietary staple has been broadly cultivated throughout the world.
Wild cabbage was brought to Europe by Celtic nomads around 600 BC. During the ancient Greek and Roman civilization, it was widely grown and used in treatment of various diseases. From a loose-leafed plant, it developed a firm head that we know of today. An organic superfood that come in a variety of colors and health benefits. The colors include green, white, red and savoy. Among the different colors, red colored cabbage exhibits the most remarkable amount of anthocyanins.
High in dietary fiber, vitamin A, C, K, folate, potassium, calcium, Iron, magnesium and manganese but low in saturated fat and cholesterol. An ideal low calorie diet, a cup of this organic superfood contains a mere 15 calories only.
What are the health attributes of this vegetable? Well, cabbage is an excellent source of glucosinolates that includes sinigrin which is converted into allyl-isothionate. A compound that exhibits a unique cancer preventive properties. Isothiocyanate is especially helpful against colon, bladder and prostate cancer.
It is very rich in fiber that helps the body in water retention and keeps the bulkiness of the food which otherwise could result to constipation. Raw cabbage has been proven to heal stomach ulcers. It helps you attain a healthy cardiovascular system by lowering the overall cholesterol level in the body. This happens when fiber-related nutrients from cabbage binds together with bile acids in the intestine, preventing it from absorbing fats and passes out of your system during bowel movement.
Cabbage juice can help in treating intestinal ulcers. Being rich in sulfur, it helps fight infections. It is also effective in repairing the wear and tear of the body and speed up its healing process. Cabbage may even reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Other uses of this amazing organic superfood include treatment of morning sickness and even mild asthma attacks, improve bone conditions, gives relief to stomach pains and reduces stomach acids.
As long as it is consumed in food quantity, this organic superfood is relatively safe for most individuals. As a precaution, pregnant and nursing mothers are advised to avoid using cabbage for internal medication. Likewise, persons with hypothyroidism or under-active thyroid glands should also avoid eating cabbage. It contains goitrogen that can lead to an enlarge thyroid glands.
In order to maximize the health benefits of cabbage, steaming is the best cooking method.
Eat raw, fresh and organic superfood. Stay healthy.
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