15 Amazing Health Benefits of Cabbage: Medicinal Uses and Nutritional Value

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15 Amazing Health Benefits Of Cabbage

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Cabbage is a leafy green vegetable crop popular in different parts of the world. This humble leafy vegetable is a nutritional miracle worker and offers a diverse range of health benefits and medicinal uses.

Cabbage is a vegetable with dense leaf heads and belongs to the Brassica Oleracea family. The most commonly consumed cabbage is the smooth leafed firm headed variety. Red cabbages too are popular in different parts of the world and have a huge consumption market in Europe, Germany in particular. Typically a cabbage head weighs around 0.5- 4 kg. This multi-layered leafy vegetable is widely cultivated around the world. China is the largest producer of cabbage in the world producing approximately 33.4 percent of millions of tones. India is the second largest producer of this vegetable producing around 9.0 percent of millions of tones.

Soil condition determines quality and weight of cabbage. Alkaline soil is used to grow majority of green cabbage consumed globally. Acidic or neutral soils produce reddish or purple cabbage. Furthermore, fertilization of soil and sufficient humidity are essential for red cabbage growth. Red cabbage and purple cabbage are found in abundance in China, Northern Europe and regions of US. While both green cabbage and red cabbage have a range of nutrients, the fact that red cabbage has twice as much iron and 10 times more vitamin A than its green counterpart, makes the red leafy head popular with health conscious individuals. Some of the popular cabbage varieties are mentioned below.

Popular Varieties of Cabbage

  • Early Jersey Wakefield Cabbage
  • Choy Sum
  • Napa Cabbage
  • January King Cabbage
  • Savoy Cabbage
  • Cannonball Cabbage
  • Winnigstadt Cabbage
  • Portugal Cabbage
  • Bok Choy
  • Walking Stick Cabbage
  • Red Drumhead Cabbage

Cabbage Nutrition

Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C. Red cabbage has a significant presence of anthocyanins, a class of compounds with antioxidant properties. Cabbage among other cruciferous vegetables is known to minimize the risk of colon cancer. Cabbage is also a fairly good source of vitamin B6 and folate. Research reveals phytochemicals present in cabbage contribute a great deal towards minimizing growth and preventing cancer cells from spreading.

Medicinal Uses of Cabbage

Since ancient times cabbage has been used as a form of medicine and treatment.

  • The Ancient Greeks used cabbage as a medicinal herb in the form of an antidote for mushroom poisoning.
  • In ancient times cabbage broth along with steamed cabbage was administered to cure hangovers resulting from different types of alcohol.
  • In ancient times, mashed cabbage and cabbage juice was administered in poultices to treat warts, boils, appendicitis, ulcers, pneumonia and splinter wounds resulting from war.
  • During World War 1 soldiers used cabbage leaves to compress and get relief from blisters on the feet. Soldiers would stuff cabbage leaves in their boots to create a soft cold cushion for blisters.
  • In Medieval Europe, cabbage was used as a folk medicine for colic, sore throat, rheumatism and depression.
  • In many cultures cabbage is eaten to prevent sunstroke.
  • The cooling properties of cabbage are used to bring down fever among individuals.

Green cabbage is one of the most widely used vegetables in the world. Aside from being inexpensive, this multi-layered leafy veggie has a wide range of health benefits. Cabbage is used as a home remedy for treatment of jaundice, scurvy, arthritis, stomach ulcers, constipation, obesity, migraines, gout, heart diseases, eye disorders and slowing down the aging process. The health benefits of cabbage are discussed in detail in the lines below.

15 Amazing Health Benefits of Cabbage

1. Improves Eye Health

Research reveals the risk of glaucoma, cataract, and macular degenerative diseases is reduced greatly with a diet rich in antioxidants. The presence of complex antioxidant activity found in cabbage is known to promote good eye health. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin C that is vital for good eye health.

2. Excellent for Bone Health

Cabbage is a rich source of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous among others. The onset of osteoporosis is greatly minimized with intake of essential minerals for strong bones. Furthermore, the presence of vitamin K in cabbage ensures that osteocalcin, a calcium-binding protein forms calcium bonds to regulate osteoclasts where old bone cells make way for new bone cells through tear down.

3. A Natural Way to Detoxify

A natural way to detoxify is by including cabbage in your diet. Cabbage acts as a natural purifier of blood. Regular consumption of this vegetable helps fight harmful free radicals and uric acid levels that are responsible for a string of other conditions such as gout, arthritis, eczema, renal calculi and rheumatism.

4. Improves Skin and Slows down Aging

Cabbage is an excellent source of minerals and vitamins. Consumption of cabbage improves skin tone and skin texture. The presence of antioxidants in this vegetable ensure the slowdown of aging process, this is done by prevention and spread of harmful free radicals that do damage to skin tissue thereby causing sagging skin and wrinkles. Cabbage is a good source of sulfur and potassium.

Sulfur plays a pivotal role in drying up oily and acne prone skin thereby preventing acne and acne breakouts. Potassium present in cabbage plays an important role in eliminating toxins and impurities and by doing so improves skin elasticity (texture) and complexion. Signs of premature aging such as dimpled skin, uneven skin tone, and fine lines can be eliminated by regular consumption of cabbage.

5. Promotes Healthy Hair Growth

Cabbage is a healthy source of vitamins and minerals. Cabbage paste mixed with yogurt and a squeeze of lemon can be applied on the scalp. Leave the paste on for 15 minutes before washing clean with an herbal shampoo. You can repeat this procedure two times a week for shiny smooth hair. Furthermore, sulfur present in cabbage is also an important for keratin that protects epithelial cells from damage thereby keeping hair roots healthy. Raw cabbage juice and cucumber juice are a rich source of sulfur and silicon, minerals that play an important role in hair growth and prevention of hair loss.

6. Excellent for Brain Health

If you want to boost your brain health it makes perfect sense to include cabbage in your diet. The presence of Vitamin K plays an important for the metabolism of lipids (sphingolipids) that are in high concentrations in brain cells. Vitamin K plays a vital role in production of myelin sheath surrounding the nerves. This sheath protects nerves from decay and damage.  Individuals consuming cabbage regularly are less likely to develop Dementia or Alzheimer’s at a late stage in life.

7. Minimizes the Risk of Cancer

Cruciferous vegetables including cabbage contain glucosinolates, a compound that plays an important role in fighting spread of cancer cells. Cabbage is a source of powerful antioxidants that scavenge on harmful free radicals. The presence of compounds such as sulforaphane, sinigrin and lupeol are known to stimulate enzyme activity and prevent the growth of tumors that can lead to cancer. Consumption of cabbage lowers the risk of cancer and heart diseases.

8. Promotes Good Cardiovascular Health

A cabbage soup diet is apt for a healthy heart. Cabbage is an excellent source of potassium which plays an important role in lowering systolic blood pressure. Furthermore, Indole-3 carbinol in cabbage plays a role in liver detoxification and thereby gets rid of harmful toxins and impurities in the body. Intake of potassium helps widen the blood vessels and eases the flow of blood in required body tissues. Eating cabbage is a natural way to good cardiovascular health.

9. Recommended In Weight Loss Diets

Cabbage is a vegetable recommended by dieticians and nutritionists in weight loss diets. Cabbage is packed with mineral and vitamins that are beneficial for good health. Cabbage offers a good amount of dietary fiber that corrects bowel movement. Furthermore, cabbage is low on calories, which is why a number of individuals opt for a variety of cabbage soup diets for weight loss.

10. Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties

 The presence of polyphenols in cabbage has anti inflammatory benefits. When oxidative stress combines with chronic inflammation the results can be catastrophic. Cabbage flavonoids have anti inflammatory compounds such as quercitol, pelargonodin, naringenin, kaempferol, purpurogalin, malvidin, betanidin, tetrahydrochalcone, luteolin, artemetin, equol, hydroxyflavone, and butein. Eating cabbage regularly reduces different types of inflammation, allergies, skin irritation and itch.

11. Helps Diabetics control Blood Sugar levels

Cabbage is a vegetable which is high in fiber and low on calories making it a perfect veggie for diabetics. Foods with high GI (Glycemic Index) raise blood glucose levels in blood quickly. Cabbage is a low on GI which means it raises blood glucose levels slowly. Research reveals regular consumption of cabbage reduces blood sugar levels and keeps levels balanced. 

12. Excellent For Constipation

Cabbage is a great source of roughage also referred to as dietary fiber. Regular consumption of foods rich in fiber plays a crucial role in correcting bowel movement. The fiber present in cabbage helps in intestine stimulation for enhanced bowel activity. Cabbage is has colon cleansing properties. It boosts levels of chlorine, iodine and sulfur in one’s internal chemistry. Together sulfur and chlorine work relieving clogged intestinal tract. The nutritional value of cabbage acts as a miracle worker for the digestive system. However, excess amounts of cabbage can lead to bloating.

13. Provides Relief and Heals Ulcers

Cabbage juice is used as a home remedy to treat peptic ulcers. Cabbage is a rich source of amino acid glutamine. Glutamine coming from a natural source is superior to antacids used for treating ulcer. Regular consumption of cabbage juice helps repair and nourish the gastrointestinal lining. The presence of compounds such as S-methylmethionine, L-glutamine, gefarnate and glucosinolates heal and ensure protection to delicate mucus membrane lining of stomach and digestive tract.

14. Strengthens the Immune System

Eating cabbage regularly improves immunity. Cabbage is a powerhouse of minerals and vitamins that are essential to fight infections. Individuals with a weakened immune system should include cabbage in their diet because the vegetable is a rich source of sulfur that helps fight and keep infections away. The complex mix of mineral and vitamins in cabbage help boost immunity and offers resistance against conditions such as cold and cough. Additionally, regular consumption of this vegetable helps the process of healing wounds and damaged tissues.

15. Helps Arthritis Conditions

In many cultures cabbage leaves are used as treatment for knee joint pain in osteoarthritis. The combination of vitamins, phytonutrients, anthocyanins and glutamine provide instant relief for knee inflammation among ostheoarthritis sufferers. Bruise large leaves of red cabbage with meat a meat hammer to release cabbage juices through a polutice. Place the cabbage polutice in a foil and warm in an oven. Make sure the polutice is warm and not hot. Remove the cabbage leaf polutice from the foil and place the polutice on the joints where there is pain and swelling. Wrap the polutice with gauze bandage and leave for an hour. You repeat this process everyday to reduce swelling and joint pain.

Cabbage Nutritional Value (Per 100 grams)

Minerals

  • Zinc- 0.18 mg
  • Calcium- 40 mg
  • Magnesium- 12 mg
  • Sodium- 18 mg
  • Iron- 0.47 mg
  • Manganese- 0.16 mg
  • Potassium- 170 mg
  • Phosphorous- 26 mg

Vitamins

  • Vitamin K- 76 ug
  • Vitamin C- 36.6 mg
  • Niacin (B3)- 0.234 mg
  • Thiamine (B1)- 0.061 mg
  • Folate (B9)- 43 ug
  • Riboflavin (B2)- 0.040 mg
  • Vitamin B6- 0.124 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5)

Carbohydrates- 5.8 g

  • Sugars- 3.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber- 2.5 g

Protein- 1.28 g

Fat- 0.1 g

Energy- 103 kj (25 kcal)

Other Constituents

 Fluoride- 1 ug

(Nutritional Value Source: USDA Nutrition Database)

Warning: If you experience any allergy or allergic reaction to cabbage, stop the home remedial treatment and consult a health practitioner immediately.

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  • angelite9  20-07-2017
    A very informative article! There were so many things I did not know about this vegetable. I'm glad I like it and use it in salads and sandwiches whenever I can. Thanks for sharing this wonderful information with us.
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  • k101  11-07-2017
    Wow! Impressive amount of information here. You included everything I want to know about when I'm looking up the health benefits and medicinal uses of a food. It's really rare to come across everything in a single article. Amazing job! I actually didn't know that cabbage had so much nutritional content. I've been trying to get more green leafy vegetables into my diet. So we grew some green leaf lettuce this year and honestly, yuck! Lol. I wasn't a fan, but cabbage is a vegetable that I do enjoy. I'll have to get some cabbage now! Thanks for the hard work you put into this article.
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    • realityspeaks  11-07-2017
      Glad you enjoyed reading about health benefits and medicinal uses of cabbage. Indeed, we should include leafy greens in our diet regularly.
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  • Writer31  11-07-2017
    Excellent level of detail in the article, had no idea it was good for so many things or that there were so many types of cabbage out there.
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    • realityspeaks  11-07-2017
      Thank you so much. There are different types of cabbage, however, we find one or two varieties of cabbage at the local vegetable market. Few supermarkets do stock different varieties of cabbage, but they are rather expensive.
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  • akshaypuri  08-07-2017
    Great! Truly was unaware of health benefits of Cabbage. I will definitely incorporate this vegetable int my meal schedule, as it is mentioned above that it is good for bone, and eye health.
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    • realityspeaks  12-07-2017
      Yes, including cabbage in your regular diet will do wonders.
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