Who hasn’t heard of cabbage? Incidentally it is the national food of Russia. The average Russian eats seven times the amount of cabbage as the average North American. The vegetable comes in different colours such as green, white, purple and red. It can be eaten raw as well as cooked. By the way it is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and cauliflower. Cabbage is a versatile vegetable held in high regard by the Egyptian pharaohs and is a staple of diets all over the globe. It is a leafy vegetable belonging to the Brassica family and is usually round or oval in shape.
We look at some of the health benefits of this leafy vegetable.
- Aids in weight loss
You must have heard of the famous cabbage soup diet which is touted as one of the best ways to lose weight. The vegetable is surprisingly low in calories and packed with important and essential nutrients. Thus, individuals feel full and satisfied after consuming cabbage based dishes. Incidentally one cup of cooked cabbage contains just 33 calories. That is why the cabbage soup diet is so effective in losing weight. Also, this vegetable is tasty and economical to boot. It is indeed an asset to weight watchers.
- Alleviates constipation
Constipation is at the root of many other diseases such as stomach ulcers, indigestion as well as cancer. Roughage deficiency is one of the leading causes of constipation. This vegetable supplies the body with ample amounts of roughage thus curing constipation.
- Fights against cancer
This vegetable is rich in important cancer fighting substances including lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane. The latter catalyse enzyme action as well as block the growth of cancer tumours. Red cabbage contains glucosinolates which are cancer resisting antioxidants.
- Treats ulcers
This vegetable contains a large quantity of sulphur which lowers the frequency and severity of ulcers in the body. This vegetable is one of the most potent natural remedies for stomach ulcers also termed peptic ulcers. The rich glutamine content in it make the vegetable able to treat ulcers.
- Excellent for eye health
The beta-carotene found extensively in this vegetable aids in protecting age-linked macular degeneration and preventing the formation of cataracts.
If you have experienced any other benefits of including this vegetable in your diet, please share them so that others may benefit.