Cruciferous vegetables—cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli rabe—contain a powerful range of disease fighters. One particular hero, sulforaphane, may increase enzymes that lower the incidence of colon and lung cancers.
A study published in the August 2003 issue of the International Journal of Cancer suggests that eating lots of cruciferous vegetables may provide a significant survival advantage for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. One of the most aggressive cancers, ovarian cancer claims the lives of 14,000 American women each year.
Try this recipe: Red cabbage, carrots, vegan mayo and almond slices.
If you want beautiful glowing skin, and an immune system powerful enough to fight off just about anything, don’t forget this highly nutritious but common vegetable.
Cabbage is powerful. Ancient healers thought it contained moon power because it grew in the moonlight. Modern nutritional science understands its power comes from its high sulfur and vitamin C content. Either way – it’s worth adding to your weekly diet.
- Ideal for weight loss because it is very low in calories and fat.
- One of the least expensive vegetables per pound for nutritional content
- High in sulfur – the beautifying mineral. (see below).
- For women cabbage is a great source of iron and calcium.
- Cabbage has 6-8 times the vitamin C content of an orange.
- The Romans used cabbage to reduce hangovers from heavy drinking.
- Sinigrin, just one of the glucosinolates in cabbage, has well-known cancer preventative properties
- Cure for headaches: used externally as a compress and internally as raw cabbage juice.
Sulfur is called “Natures Beauty Mineral”
Just sitting in sulfur hot springs for a short time can create a noticeable improvement in ones’ complexion. It helps dry up oily and acne skin since it has a drying affect. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails and skin. It also aids the body in resisting bacteria, assisting the immune system, and cleansing the blood.
Types of cabbage:
Bok Choy: A Chinese cabbage with dark green leaves and white stems. Has the highest beta carotene and vitamin A content. (see right)
Green Cabbage: the most common variety; is pale green in colour tightly compacted leaves.
Savoy Cabbage: is green-yellow in colour, with crinkled leaves and is less compact than the green cabbage.
Red Cabbage: this dark purple red cabbage is similar in taste to the green cabbage but with coarser leaves. Red cabbage has almost 3,000 times more anthocyanins (an antioxidant) as green cabbage.
Cato the Elder, a famous Roman senator and author, praised this vegetable for its medicinal properties, declaring that “It is the cabbage that surpasses all other vegetables.”
Author Diana Herrington