Cabbage isn’t the most glamorous offering in the produce aisle, but this humble vegetable hides a wealth of important nutrients and disease-fighting superpowers. Ancient healers declared 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.
It can vary in color from green to red and purple, and the leaves can be smooth or crinkled. With less than 20 calories per half cup cooked, it is a vegetable worth making room on your plate for. It is widely used throughout the world and can be prepared in a number of ways, but most commonly, it is included as either a cooked or raw part of many salads.
The health benefits of cabbage include frequent use as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Apparently, a woman used the strong anti-inflammatory properties of the cabbage leaves in order to use them as a compress and treat joint pain. She put hot cabbage leaves around her knee and encased it completely.
After that she let them cool a bit and secured them with a self-stuck gauze bandage. In the end, she covered it with plastic wrap to keep the warmth. She repeated this method about a month and the result was incredible.
Still not convinced? Here are 6 ways you can use cabbage internally and externally to heal your body in surprising ways.
Another cancer-fighting compound found in cabbage is sulforaphane. Research over the past 30 years has consistently shown that consuming cruciferous vegetables is associated with a lower risk of cancer. More recently, researchers have been able to pinpoint that the sulfur-containing compounds (namely sulforaphane) that give cruciferous vegetables their bitter taste are also what give them their cancer-fighting power. Researchers are currently testing sulforaphane’s ability to delay or impede cancer. Promising results have been seen with multiple types of cancers, including melanoma, esophageal, prostate, and pancreatic.
It helps detoxify the body
The high content of vitamin C and sulfur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid). These are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism, and gout.
It is a rich source of beta-carotene, so many people, particularly as they get older, turn to cabbage for its ability to prevent macular degeneration and generally promote good eye health and the delay of cataract formation. Beta-carotene has also been positively linked to reduced chances of prostate cancer, which is an extra bonus on top of the other anti-carcinogenic effects of cabbage!
Look to this super-food for a natural and effective cholesterol reducer. Cabbage prevents bile from absorbing fat after a meal, which lowers the overall amount of cholesterol in the body.
Cabbage contains thocyanin, a water-soluble polyphenol that reduces inflammation and enhances capillary strength and permeability and to inhibit platelet formation and enhance nitric oxide (NO) release. In doing so, cabbage actually prevents heart disease and heart attack. For best results, it’s best to 2 tablespoons of cooked cabbage or one glass of cabbage juice daily.
Skin Care and Premature Aging
Antioxidants play a major role in skin health and the general toning and improvement of the body in response to the aging process. Free radicals can be an underlying cause of wrinkles, skin discoloration, spots, and many other conditions. Therefore, the antioxidants you gain by eating cabbage can cause a turn-around in your aging processes, leaving you feeling and looking healthy and young!