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.