Top 10 Nutritional Benefits of Cabbage:
- High in Vitamin C and sulfur. This helps to have skin that glows and boosts your immune system. It also helps detoxify the body by removing toxins. This helps improve arthritis, skin conditions (like acne), and even gout. Some ancient healers say it has “moon power” because it grows in the moonlight.
Low in calories. Only 33 calories in a cup! Great for weight loss.
Low in fat.
Contains lupeol, sinigrin which are known to inhibit cancer tumors from growing by stimulating enzyme activity.
High in potassium which helps keep blood pressure in tact by opening the blood vessels.
High in Vitamin K which helps in mental focus and concentration.
The Romans claim it helped to reduce headaches and even a hangover. Interesting.
It acts as an anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator. Betalains are in the pigment of red cabbage and help lower blood sugar levels and also boost the production of insulin.
High in fiber which helps keep your colon happy.
So versatile, tasty raw in salads or slaws, and also in soups and stews.
- Some children’s legends say babies come from “Cabbage Patches.” So that’s where Cabbage Patch Kids came from!
- Russians are the biggest consumers of cabbage. It is considered their national food. They eat seven times more than Americans. Maybe it helps counteract the vodka.
- Here’s a good one, the Chinese claim white cabbage is a cure for baldness.
- “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 and ate cabbage before and after meals.
- Babe Ruth used to wear a cabbage leaf under his hat during games to keep his head cool. He would switch out for a fresh leaf halfway through each game. How did he figure that one out?
- The world’s biggest cabbage was more than 125 pounds with leaves reaching more than 5 feet.
I came across this folklore article and found it amusing and amazing. I hope you enjoy this bit of history from the garden history girl.
The Cabbage that is King: Brassica oleracae longata
Read more from the Garden History Girl.
So I hope you enjoyed the nutritional benefits of cabbage along with a little history and trivia.
Cabbage Caution – just a word of warning
Like other cruciferous vegetables, cabbage can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb iodine. Those with thyroid problems should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage. Read more at care2.com:
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