Cabbage-Great Fighter Of Diseases

Remedies And Natural Benefits Of Cabbage

A member of cruciferous vegetable family, the humble cabbage contains a wealth of nutrients that can ward off a variety of cancers, heart disease, digestive problems and other health problems. Studies show that cabbage contains several compounds that can effectively prevent cancers of the breast, prostate gland and colon.

 

Scientists believe that there are two compounds in particular that make cabbage a potent cancer fighter. The first compound indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is especially effective against breast cancer because it acts as an anti-estrogen, the estrogens that have been linked to breast cancer. Another compound, sulforaphane, has been shown to block cancer by increasing the production of enzymes in the body that prevent the growth of tumors.

 

Eating any kind of cabbage regularly will probably lower your risk for cancer and is great for your health. Members of the cabbage family are rich in other nutritious compounds. Cabbages are great sources of beta-carotene, a nutrient related to lower incidences of heart attacks and cataracts.

 

Cabbages are also rich in vitamins A, C and E which boost the immune system as well as reduce blood pressure and fight heart disease.

 

Mustard cabbage is another member of the cabbage family. It has thick and short fat stems clustered together like a cabbage. Besides vitamins A, B, C and E, mustard greens are rich in magnesium which helps to relax muscle cells especially those lining the bronchi, reduce inflammation and help those with asthma and lung problems to breathe easier. It is also a good source of folic acid, calcium, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

 

To get the most benefit from eating cabbages, it is best to eat them raw in salad form with coleslaw or slow cooked in soup. Avoid over-cooking as this will destroy a great deal of its valuable nutrients.

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