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.
Even though today (February 17th) is National Cabbage Day, we aren’t focusing on the entire cabbage family. Nutritional studies on cabbage point to the fact that many of the nutritional properties come from the high sulfur and vitamin C content. At only 33 calories per cup, it is hard to go wrong with this nutritious veggie!
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.
There have been several studies conducted on women with breast cancer that show that consuming cabbage helps to 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 says 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.