Benefits Of Cabbage:
Cabbage is very popular worldwide and well known for its health benefits, here are just a few:
Ideal for weight loss!
There is only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, its low in fat and high in fibre. It is a smart carb.
It is a brain food!
Cabbage is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defence against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin. All vegetables are good for the skin, but cabbage is one of the best!
Helps detoxify the body.
The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid). These are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.
Has well-known cancer preventative compounds
lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane are known to stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumours. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
Helps keep blood pressure from getting high.
The high potassium content helps by opening blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.
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.
Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator.
The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course, it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.
Cabbage is packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre.
It also has phytonutrients known to prevent cancer and Blood Sugar Regulator.
Those with thyroid problems like myself should avoid eating large amounts of cabbage at a regular basis as it interferes with the body’s absorption of iodine, needed by the thyroid gland. This applies to all cruciferous vegetables.
Here is a great homemade recipe for a cabbage face mask:
- 2-3 Cabbage leaves
- 2 tbsp Rice flour
- Few drops of Argan oil
- 1 egg (optional)
- Grind and make a paste out of raw cabbage leaves.
- Mix it well with rice flour, egg and Argan oil.
- Apply it on your face and let it dry. Rinse it well with lukewarm water.
- If you have oily skin, you can avoid using the oil.
You may be wondering ‘why cabbage‘ in a face mask? But cabbage leaves are best known to fight against wrinkles and loose skin. Almond oil and Olive oil are good alternatives to Argan if you don’t have any, they moisturize the skin very well too.
Here is another recipe for a firming cabbage facial mask that apparently even Korean celebrities use:
Do you have any cabbage remedies or recipes to share with us? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comment section below 😉