HomeHealthy Vegetables

16 Major Health Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage is a leafy vegetable that is grown as an annual vegetable and closely relates to other cole crops like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts etc. Cabbage comes in various varieties like red cabbage, purple cabbage, white cabbage and green cabbage. Out of all these varieties, green cabbage is most commonly available. The exact origin of  cabbage is not known but it is believed to most likely domesticated somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC. Cabbage is used as a vegetable and also added to the salad because of its great taste, but it is important to note that cabbage is not only tasty but is good for our health too, and in this article we will know about the major health benefit of cabbage.

Health Benefits of Cabbage

Health Benefits of Cabbage
Source-pixabay.com

 

Some of the major health benefits of cabbage are as follows:-

(1) Reduces The Risk of Development of Cancer

Cancer is a deadly disease which takes millions of life every year. Eating cabbage has been found to be very beneficial against cancer because of the ability of cabbage to reduce the risk of development of various types of cancer. This health benefit of cabbage is because of the presence of various compounds like anthocyanins, diindolylmethane (DIM), sinigrin, lupeol, sulforaphane and indole 3-carbinol (I3C) in cabbage.

 

(2) Good For Waistline And Helps In Weight management.

Obesity is a disease which can increase the risk of various health complications like heart problems, blood pressure, etc. Because of this, it is important for us to make sure that our weight stays under control. Cabbage is a wonderful veggie when it comes to keeping waistline in shape because of its low calorific value. Cabbage is also low in saturated fat and cholesterol and is a wonderful source of dietary fiber. All these properties of cabbage make it an excellent food to be eaten without worrying about weight gain.

 

(3) Good source of Folic Acid

Cabbage is an excellent source of folic acid, and this makes it very beneficial for women under pregnancy. This benefit of cabbage is because of the folic acid present in it, which protects the baby from congenital disabilities and also forms an essential component of DNA.

Suggested Read-9 Beauty Benefits of Cabbage For Skin & Hair

 

(4) Keep Us Healthy And Make Our Bones Stronger

Eating cabbage is good for our bones and for keeping our body healthy because of the presence of vitamin C and vitamin K in it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in nature which means it protects our body from the damaging effects of free radicals and at the same time vitamin C boost the immune system of our body and make it more effective in fighting against the disease-causing bacteria, viruses, etc. On the other hand, vitamin K is good for our bones and make them stronger, healthier and reduces the risk of development of osteoporosis.

 

(5) Eating cabbage is like taking a multi-vitamin

Eating cabbage is good for our health because of the presence of many essential vitamins and minerals in them. Some of the major nutrients present in cabbage are riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, magnesium, etc. in them. The presence of so many essential nutrients in cabbage make them a very effective food for keeping our heart healthy, in regulating blood pressure and in protection against anemia.

 

(6) Immunity booster

Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C which is an antioxidant and helps in boosting the immune system of our body. A stronger immune system is more capable of fighting with the disease-causing bacteria, viruses, etc. and in keeping us healthy. Vitamin C also fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and prevents them from damaging our body.

 

(7)  Provides Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Cabbage is very effective in fighting against inflammation. This anti-inflammatory nature of cabbage is because of the presence of high level of amino acids in them.

 

(8) Reduces The Risk of Getting Cataract

Eating cabbage has been found to be very beneficial for our eyes because of the presence of beta carotene in it. The presence of beta-carotene protects our eyes from macular degeneration and keep cataract at bay.

Suggested Read- 7 Side Effects of Eating Too Many Cabbages

 

(9) Reduces The Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease.

Eating cabbage ( especially the red cabbage) is good for our brain and reduces the risk of development of Alzheimer’s disease because of the presence of vitamin K in it.

 

(10) Help in Treatment of Peptic Ulcers

Eating cabbage or taking the juice of cabbage is very effective in the treatment of peptic ulcer or stomach ulcer. This benefit of cabbage is because of the high content of glutamine in it.  Cabbage is also a good source of dietary fibers and that also makes it a healthy food for our stomach.

 

(11) Provides relief from constipation

Eating cabbage is good for our stomach and keeps our digestive system healthy because of the presence of dietary fibers. In it. The presence of dietary fibers also helps in providing relief from constipation and ensure that the waste material gets excreted out of our body without any trouble.

 

(12) Provides relief for sore muscles

Cabbage is a good source of lactic acid, and this makes cabbage very effective in providing relief from sore muscles.

 

(13) Good For Brain

Cabbage ( especially the red cabbage ) is very beneficial for our brain because of the presence of vitamin K and anthocyanins in it. The presence of these compounds helps in increasing concentration, prevents nerve damage, reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

 

(14) Provide Relief From Headache And Chronic Headaches.

Compressing cabbage leaves on the forehead can provide relief from a headache. If you are suffering from a headache then crush some cabbage leaves, place the crushed leaves in a cloth and then apply this cloth ( with crushed cabbage leaves) on your forehead to get relief from a headache. If you are suffering from chronic headaches then taking 25-50 milligram of raw cabbage juice on a daily basis can provide relief.

 

(15) Reduces Hangovers

Cabbage is very effective in providing relief from hangovers caused by heavy drinking.

 

(16) Regulates Blood Sugar And Is Anti-Inflammatory In Nature

Cabbage is anti-inflammatory in nature and is very effective in regulating blood sugar level in our body because of the presence of betalains in them.This applies mainly to red colored cabbage because of the presence of natural red colored pigment betalains in them.

 

Reference(s)

http://www.fullcircle.com/goodfoodlife/2012/09/22/six-reasons-to-eat-more-cabbage/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-of-cabbages/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/9-suprising-health-benefits-of-cabbage.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbage

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cabbage.html

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

 

P.S- Consider sharing this post, if you find it useful and/or interesting 

About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.