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Surprising Health Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage has been a staple ingredient in many cultures because it is inexpensive and easy to grow. Before Jacques Cartier brought it to the Americas, cabbage was popular in the Mediterranean region, as well as areas in Africa and Ireland. Some of our favorite, nutritious vegetables belong to the cabbage family. These include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cauliflower, kale, and kohlrabi.

 

It is no coincidence that we are posting an article about cabbage today because February 17th is is National Cabbage Day! We’ll take the chance to celebrate a cruciferous green vegetable any day of the week. According to several studies on cabbage, many of the nutritional properties come from the high sulfur and vitamin C content. At only 33 calories per cup, it’s hard to go wrong with this nutritious vegetable!

 

Food For Thought:

Cabbage contains tons of vitamin K and anthocyanins, both of which help to improve concentration and brain function. Additionally, these nutrients help to inhibit nerve damage, slowing the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Eat red cabbage for a higher concentration of these nutrients.

 

Cancer Fighter:

There have been several studies conducted on women with breast cancer and whether or not cabbage can improve their condition. After consuming cabbage on a daily basis, the research revealed that cabbage may help reduce breast cancer cells. Cabbage contains lupeol, sinigrin, and sulforaphane, all of which help to inhibit tumor growth.

 

Good For Headaches:

This actually has nothing to do with eating cabbage. You can make a warm compress with cabbage leaves and apply it to your forehead or temples to reduce minor headaches. Crush the cabbage leaves, place them in a cloth, and run them under hot water. Apply this to your head and see if the headaches go away.

 

Beneficial For Thyroid Gland:

The thyroid is one of the most important glands in the body. It produces hormones that play a crucial role in the health of your digestive organs and metabolism. Eating cruciferous vegetables like cabbage may interfere with healthy hormone function, but folk medicine explains that placing cabbage leaves on your thyroid gland overnight may neutralize thyroid-disrupting hormones. Since it may be hard to sleep with cabbage leaves on your neck, try leaving them on your neck for long hours when you can relax at home.

 

Keep Inflammation In Check:

An inflammatory response is the body’s response to a foreign invader, and this acute inflammation is beneficial. Chronic inflammation is a completely different story because it is associated with many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. To avoid chronic inflammation, it is best to consume foods that have anti-inflammatory properties, and cabbage is one of those foods. A study with over 1,000 Chinese women, who ate cruciferous vegetables like cabbage every day, found reduced levels of inflammation compared to those who hardly consumed cruciferous vegetables. The sulforaphane and kaempferol are among many of cabbage’s antioxidants that have powerful anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Up your vitamin C & K intake, improve digestion, and maintain heart health by crunching on some cabbage for National Cabbage Day. It’s very easy to add to your diet, so you have no excuse. Toss it in with your salads, use the leaves as raw wraps, chop it up for soups, or stir-fry it with other vegetables. Let us know how you eat cabbage in the comments below.

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-cabbage

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2020-02-17T01:20:10-07:00

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    Q: My father has Parkinson disease the early stages and he cannot stand that well and he have prostate problems. I give him leafy vegetables like cabbage and greens but that does not seem to help. I cannot get him off of that medicine that these doctors seem to give him so what do you recommend to do. I want him better.

    A:

    Have your father perform the Full Body Detox followed by the Total Male Cleanse and after he finishes these kits, have him take 6 capsules daily of the Prostate Formula.

    For Parkinson's disease, have your father take Brain Tuner formula, Circul-aid formula, and CNS formula.

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    Q: Thank you for always answering my questions. I have about two more. Okay, I'm currently living overseas where I'm limited on raw fresh foods (vegetables and fruits). I want to do the detox but I'm concerned that I won't have everything as far as raw food to be successful. I have access to basics (apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, avocados, melons, lettuce, cabbage, bean spouts, carrots, celery, peppers, green beans, peas, bagged nuts,) but nothing exotic by any means. Then I was told to safely eat some of the food in the local economy that we should wash it with a 5% bleach solution (is that safe...and if on the detox I'm thinking that would be a no go). Two questions?Given the mentioned availability of raw foods could I be able to successfully complete the detox (I don't have an issue with eating the same things over and over again) and two what can I do to clean local produce so that its safe for consumption? Apparently part of the issue is that they use human feces to fertilize. Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response

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    Yes, it seems you have enough raw food available to you to complete the cleanse.

    In order to clean local produce, rinse thoroughly with apple cider vinegar to "disinfect" it. If apple cider vinegar is unavailable, just use water.

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    Q: I have been on your PANCREAS CLEANSE AND REGIMEN for 14 days. I am a type 1 diabetic. In the morning my blood sugar is high-about 150, however, after taking the herbs it stabilizes it and my blood sugar is normal. Is there anything additional I can take in the evening besides the green beans, cabbage and Brussels sprout juice to stabilize it?

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    Try SUGAR BUSTER TEA! Drink as many cups as you deem necessary!

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    Q: I have Graves disease. I was treated with radioactive iodine, which caused me to have Hypothyroidism. I take Levothroid everyday which is suppose to put in my body what my thyroid gland would have done. I want to purchase the TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE, which has magnetic strips to place on the neck for normal functioning thyroid gland. Will this cleanse get my thyroid back to normal or will I have to continue taking the medication?

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    YOU SHOULD READ OUR ARTICLE ON â€GRAVE'S DISEASE†LOCATED ON OUR SITE IN THE ARTICLES SECTION. THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE WILL GREATLY HELP YOU FOLLOWED BY TAKING THE THYROID FORMULA AND IODINE PHOSPHATE. THESE WILL KEEP YOU OFF THE HARMFUL THYROID DRUGS, WHICH ARE HARMING YOU DUE TO BEING TOXIC AND POISONOUS.

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    Q: Your article on the thyroid gland seemed to have been focused on an underactive thyroid. What about people with an overactive thyroid gland. I recently purchased your thyroid formula. Will it help with an overactive thyroid?

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    The same remedies offered in the "Thyroid" article apply to an overactive thyroid. They apply to all thyroid conditions.

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    Q: I have recently had my whole thyroid gland removed due to cancer. My doctor has put me on Synthroid (150mcg) due to hypothyroid. I've gained about 20-25 lbs and I'm considering in purchasing your weight loss package ($165). However, I would like to know if you would recommend this product for someone like me with this kind of condition? Also, I've had several individuals and doctors tell me that my weight will not come off until my medication is at the right level and my body gets adjusted to the medication. Therefore, any diet and/or medication for weight loss will be ineffective. Please advise.

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    You have a choice to make if you are still planning on taking medication (drugs) while taking herbs. If you are going to take herbs and drugs at the same time you are defeating the purpose. Herbs nourish and cleanse while drugs pollute and toxify. You have a choice to make.

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    Q: 10 years ago I had iodine radiation treatment, because I had an overactive thyroid, and was told that the iodine treatment would shrink my thyroid gland. After the treatment I developed hypothyroidism. I have been on Synthyroid medication every since. What herbal product do you recommend that I take for my under active thyroid? Because my thyroid is not producing what a normal gland produces.

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    We recommend you first perform the Full Body Cleanse. After completing the cleanse, as a daily regimen take the Thyroid Aid and iodine Formula.  

    Please take the time to read our Thyroid Gland article. 

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    Q: I would like to know what is I can take for my sinuses I have very bad problems with them, and there are not many over the counter medications that I can take cause I no longer have a thyroid gland. I would like to know what I can take to help lose a little weight, as well as what is that I can take to help me get pregnant, and I would need to know what I can take that will not hurt me being that I no longer have that thyroid gland in my body and I need a product to help improve my immune system... I have other questions but I would rather ask you them myself.

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    We suggest you take SINUS FORMULA, MUCUS FORMULA, IMMUNE EXTRACT,  and THYROID FORMULA. These will greatly help you.

    Also, consider performing the Full Body Cleanse.  You should do this kit before taking the 4 individual formulas. The Full Body Cleanse can aid your entire system and greatly improve their function.

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    Q: A little more than a year ago I was diagnosed with Graves Disease (autoimmune hyperthyroidism). I had the radioactive iodine treatment to stop my thyroid from functioning (extreme hypothyroidism). Now I take Synthroid daily. Recently I was diagnosed with Genital Herpes (HVS 2). I am interested in doing the Full Body Cleanse followed immediately by the Anti-Viral Cleanse. I do not wish to be on the prescriptions for my thyroid condition or the Herpes outbreaks. What options do I have for thyroid hormone if my thyroid doesn't work and I stop taking the Synthroid? Also, is there a way to reverse what the radioactive iodine treatment has done to my thyroid?

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    First perform the Full Body Cleanse followed by the Anti-Viral Cleanse. You would also benefit from The Female Cleanse and the 10 Day Candida Cleanse. Try our Thyroid Aid formula it contains Irish Moss and Kelp, which are naturally high in iodine. Iodine is beneficial for cleansing, toning, rejuvenating, nourishing, maintaining, and strengthening the Thyroid Gland. An impaired Thyroid gland can lead to a host of negative health problems.

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    Q: I just found your article on â€THYROID GLANDâ€. Very informative! So you answered my previous question in the article. However, I would like to know if I need to take both formulas and purchase seaweed as well? Thanks again?

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    Yes, take both formulas. Seaweed is optional!

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    Q: I write on behalf of a 30 year old female recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer(two nodules on each side of thyroid affecting voicebox),graves disease & PCOS. Current treatment for the thyroid/graves was tapazole with little or no improvement so the only option now is a thyroidectomy. She is a vegetarian, but consumes dairy and is allergic to Iodine. Reading the side effects related to the thyroidectomy is disheartening so needless to say an alternative method of treatment is being sought. Can you provide some insight or a course of action that can be taken?

    A:

    The diseases (and insight/solutions) are covered in detail in the following articles:

    Cancer: Causes and Remedies
    Thyroid Gland
    Iodine
    Dangerous Dairy

    I would recommend the person performs the Full Body Detox, followed by the 10-Day Electric Greens cell Food cleanse for starters. Her diet needs to become 100% raw foods/vegan! Very important! There is help for her in the alternative world of healing!

    Product Links:
    Full Body Detox
    10-Day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse

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    Q: I write on behalf of a 30 year old female, recently diagnosed with thyroid cancer (two nodules on each side of thyroid affecting voice-box), graves disease and PCOS. Current treatment for the thyroid/graves was tapazole with little or no improvement. Now the only option now is a thyroidectomy. She is a vegetarian, but consumes dairy, and is allergic to Iodine. Reading the side effects related to the thyroidectomy is disheartening, so needless to say an alternative method of treatment is being sought. Can you provide some insight or a course of action that can be taken?

    A:

    The diseases (and insight/solutions) are covered in detail in the following articles:

    Cancer: Causes and Remedies
    Thyroid Gland
    Iodine
    Dangerous Dairy

    I would recommend the person performs the Full Body Cleanse, followed by the 10-Day Electric Greens Combo Cleanse for starters. Her diet needs to become 100% raw foods/vegan! Very important! There is help for her in the alternative world of healing!

    Product Links:
    Full Body Cleanse
    10-Day Electric Greens Combo Cleanse

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    Q: My mom have a thyroid disease and I was wondering is there any of those teas that she can drink to make her better because I do not think she will take the capsules. But if there any capsules that she can take please recommend and also what vegetables should she eat to make her self better.

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    Beloved, please read our article "Thyroid Gland." It will answer all of your questions on what to do. If you don't want to read, then check out our HERBAL RECOMMENDATION CHART (on the home page).

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    Q: Hi, I am a 59 yr old female who has diabetes and weighs aprox. 425 lbs. I also have Lymphedema along with a bad case of tendonitis in my left rotator cuff, as well as kidney disease. That being said, I guess I am a mess! I have tried loose weight and eat normal but after all these years I am asking myself, "what is normal"? I have been thinking about going on a raw food diet but, have no idea where to start! I know it includes salads but, I am sure I will get board quickly eating just that. I also am wondering what does one eat for breakfast other then fruit of which I have to be very careful of because I am a brittle diabetic and am on insulin. I am so tired of failing and want to succeed this time! I want to be able to walk and stand for long periods of time and be independent again. I do have an under-active thyroid and am currently taking 137 mic. of thyroid. Can you send me some information on an anti inflammatory, low protein,low carb. diet? Thank you.

    A:

    I can definitely help you! 

    I run an online vegan health/fitness/nutriton program over skype at www.theveganeffect.com. I have coached many to their best health and have reversed all of the problems you have. Please check out the site!

    Let's go through them one by one shall we? Lymph-edema is a build up of fluid. Your lymphatic system like your liver and kidney are your bodies garbage men. When toxicity gets to overwhelming your garbage men go on strike or are just overwhelmed. You should do a cleanse/detox and do exercises that stimulate the lymphatic system. The best would be a mini trampoline. Just 15 minutes a day goes far. Lympedema is healed by a high alkaline diet. Increasing greens and fruits while decreasing dairy, meat, alcohol, salt, and processed food.

    Tendonitis can be healed also by an anti-inflammatory diet . Increasing berries and greens while decreasing dairy, meat, salt, and alcohol. 

    Thyroid can be repaired also by an alkaline diet and detox. You can find a thyroid support formula at dherbs.com.

    Diabetes is reversed using a low fat raw vegan diet. In 30 days you can completely get off insulin if you cut out the fat and get on a high carb raw vegan diet. The only programs who are actually reversing diabetes are using the same protocol as my program. I do not do a low carb diet especially when reversing diabetes. None of the programs healing your condition do either. Diabetes is not a carb issue but a fat issue. Fat coats your cells and blocks the sugar insulin connection. A low carb diet is a high fat diet and will only manage your condition at best.

    The first of many ebooks I will write for Dherbs is titled "Go Vegan the Healthy Way!" It is being edited nowe and hopefully soon it will be available at a low cost. Look for it on Dherbs. I will email you when it is available as well.

    A typical detox raw food program looks like this

    Breakfast:

    Green smoothie: 1 1/2- 2 cups water / 1 cup greens / 3-5 medium pieces of fruit blended.

    (see "Green Smoothie Revolution" Boutenko for more info)

     

    Bridge: 2-3 medium sized fruits

     

    Lunch: 

    Raw Wraps: collard greens as wraps/ tomato, cucumber, bell pepper / fresh herbs / Sauce (salsa/tahini/guacamole/ etc))

     

    Bridge:2-3 medium pieces of fruit

     

    Dinner:

    Raw pasta: Zuchini sliced with a potato peeler / veggies / Homemade pasta sauce made in blender 

     

    Snack: Sorbet: Blended frozen fruit in a blender

     

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I was diagnosed with breast cancer about 18 months ago and I've been treating the tumor wholistically with no chemo or radiation. The tumor has gradually gotten smaller but I'm concerned that the progress could be improved if my diet was better. I get conflicting information about eating fruits while trying to maintain a high alkaline diet. Should people healing cancer eat fruit?

    A:

    Fruits are predominantly alkaline but most warnings about fruit while having cancer stems from the sugars in fruit which cancer can thrive in which is why many healers recommend vegetables instead of fruits. All live foods are good for you when there is cancer because live foods have enzymes.

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    Q: I see also that you recommend a complete diet with these programs. I am guessing its a vegan diet right? I wanted to ask something on that is coconut milk and coconut oils ok for that? I personally had a very hard time trying to eat that many vegetables and many ph balance vegans seem to think fruits aren?t good either. I eat that many vegetables one it tears me up the next day and two I just cant consume enough calories that way. I can try and make up for it by eating things like almonds but I eat to many almonds I get the same problem the next day. Now coconut milk (unsweetened) and a digestive enzyme works for me for picking up extra calories.... but I hear very conflicting information about coconut and its saturated fat content. Is it ok to use daily as a part of the diet for cleansing? And your oxy-drops are those the same as the drop for ph balancing water?? Or is it something different? I am wanting to start lifting weights as I need to put on some muscle and I?m wondering if its something that would be beneficial in combating muscle soreness by increased oxygen in the body.

    A:

    The diet we recommend is vegan-based, and RAW FOODS. Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds are ideal.

    Coconut Milk and Coconut Oil are excellent products to have in your diet. The healthy fats will keep you fuller.

    Oxy-Drops can help balance your electrolytes that need to be replenished after a workout in order to keep your body performing efficiently. 

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    Q: I wanted to know if you had anything I could take to help me lose weight with my thyroid condition. I saw a product that mention thyroid but I was not sure if it would work for me since I no longer have thyroid gland.

    A:

    Both the THYROID FORMULA and IODINE PHOSPHATE formulas will work for you despite having no actual thyroid gland.

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    Q: Greetings, my question is about hypo Thyroid I've been on meds for this problem for some time, and now my hair is thinning I would like to know if your thyroid herbs are for someone who has a hypo thyroid like my self? or would it be for someone to prevent future thyroid problems and will help to restore the natural hormone imbalance? Will the herbs for nails and hair help improve my hair problem?

    A:

    The THYROID FORMULA and IODINE PHOSPHATE formula will help your situations you mention in your inquiry!

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    Q: I have a daughter that had a sporadic and spontaneous breast discharge in 2006. I took her to a breast specialist and he explained what he thought it might be. Now 2 yrs later she had blood coming from the other breast I took her back to the doctor and he had her go for a sonogram. The results came back and the report said it didn't show any inflammation or infection, however I'm not satisfied. Cancer runs in the family and I'm alarmed. Can you please recommend what I can give her???

    A:

    Being alarmed is not good. Focus on the positive! Good reading: MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL e-book (see E-Book section in our on-line store). Have the daughter start detoxing seasonally. FULL BODY DETOX and TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE would be ideal. There's also FEMALE BREAST FORMULA (a good daily maintenance formula) and the FEMALE BREAST OIL.

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    Q: Can chaparral cause the thyroid to become overactive? I went to the Dr's a couple of weeks ago and she stated that my thyroid had become overactive. It was under active which caused me to become over weight. When I had my youngest son about 12 years ago it was very overactive and the Dr's didn't want to attribute it to just having a baby which may have knocked my hormones crazy. Now this Dr wants me to go thru a lot of tests. And I know my recent weight loss of 50 pounds has come from being on an herbal regiment program. I haven't told the Dr what I'm doing and she hasn't asked, so I'm not going to say anything. I also take a multi vitamin which is herb based.

    A:

    We recommend that you take the Thyroid Formula, Iodine Formula, and Electric Greens Combo, all available in our online store. Chaparrall is and herb and will not harm the body.