Cabbage is one of the oldest known vegetables dates back to 4,000 B.C. in Shensi province in China. Around 600 B.C. the Celts brought cabbage to Europe from Asia. In Captain Cook’s famous first voyage, (17th century) many of the crew members were saved from gangrene when the ship’s doctor made poultices of cabbage to apply to their wounds.
Even if cabbage causes gas in the digestive tract that makes it hard to digest, it offers many health benefits, maybe more than any other leafy vegetable.
Cabbage or headed cabbage grown as an annual vegetable crop for its dense-leaved heads and a leafy green or purple biennial plant (Scientific name: Brassica oleracea var. capitata)
Based on many studies, cabbage is able to lessen the risk of developing many health issues, starting from diabetes to cardiovascular disease.
1. Controlling Type 2 Diabetes
What makes cabbage excellent, is in absorbing excess glucose is the high fiber content. Cabbage losses the absorption of sugar for those who tend to be either at risk in developing diabetes or are already clinically determined to have the most typical type of diabetes (type 2). Based on the American Diabetes Association.
Tips for diabetes management:
- Have a boiled cabbage with some lemon juice for flavour.
- Drink cabbage juice at least 2 times every day.
- At least 3 times a week, have cabbage as a side dish.
2. Minimizing Heart Disease Risk
Improved polyphenol levels in cabbage are connected to decrease blood pressure, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Red cabbage has a water-soluble pigment known as anthocyanun, an ingredient which is related to decreasing the inflammation.
Tips For heart disease protection:
- Drink a cup of cabbage juice on a regular basis.
- Keep cabbage as close to raw as possible
- Take 2 tablespoons of cooked cabbage every day
- When fermented (e. kimchi and sauerkraut) cabbage can play a vital role in digestive health. The probiotics in this form of cabbage boost the bioavailability of vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, the digestive enzymes in fermented foods drive things along the digestive tract.
For stomach problems and digestion:
- To combat diarrhea, consumed cabbage juice ( from green or white cabbage) between meals
- Take cabbage as dietary supplement to heal stomach ulcers
- Consumed in its raw form to lower constipation
3. Pain Relief
You should use cabbage leaves to relieve inflammation and pain, the flavonoid present in cabbage, known as apigenin, has anti-inflammatory properties. You can make a compress from cabbage leaves and use it for minor sources of pain. (University of Missouri)
The instructions are the following:
- Rinse and dry the cabbage leaves.
- Use the leaves on the hurt area and secure them with bandage to hold them in place
- Let them work overnight
- Change the compress every day
4. Facilitating Wound Healing
Bruises and cuts are among the most typical injuries a person can sustain. Cabbage is well known because of its capacity to facilitate wound healing.
Prepare the cabbage in the following way to heal your wound:
- Rinse and dry the leaves well
- latten the leaves using a rolling pin and slice the leaves to the adequate size
- Heat the leaves in the microwave
- Change the compress every few hours.
For healing ingrown toenails and similar sore:
- Take a few leaves and hold them in place with a bandage
- Use them on the afflicted area and let them work overnight
- Change the leaves daily
Cabbage offers many health benefits and contains the ability to change many conditions. Despite the fact that it is not a substitute for other medical treatments.