Health Benefits Of Consuming Cabbage (Brassica Oleracea)
Cabbage, a popular vegetable cultivated worldwide. It has a globe-shaped head consisting of a short stem and tightly overlapping green to purplish leaves that grow out of the root itself. This leafy vegetable is known for a variety of health related issues though only a few people appreciate it, it is still consumed regularly.
The cultivation of cabbage dates back to thousands of years ago, where the Celts brought it to Europe from Asia, though researchers are still uncertain as to where this wonderful vegetable came from. Cabbage is being used in a variety of dishes across the world, it is an excellent source of fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene, potassium which helps to control heart rate and blood pressure, manganese, iron, low in calories and fat and is rich in anti-oxidants.
With its high fibre content, it is a good vegetable choice to aid in weight loss, *An infusion of the leaves or an extract ingested in small quantities after eating helps in the treatment of peptic ulcers
- It is also used in the same form to treat rheumatic pain
- Studies have suggested that cabbage is used to treat and prevent various cancers, such as colon, breast, prostate and bladder
- The juice or broth of this vegetable can be used to treat stomach and intestinal ulcers
- It is also known to treat or prevents disease of the respiratory system
- Treats laryngitis (inflammation of the voice box) and loss of voice
- Cabbage is known to reduce cholesterol and thus reducing the chance of heart disease
- Its richness in calcium treats and protects osteoporosis and other bone related problems
- Controls blood pressure
- Treats or prevents infections
- Protects against Alzheimer’s
- Treats constipation
There are different types of cabbage that can be found and a tasty vegetable to be a part of your diet, it can be eaten raw or steamed (short cooked). Hard, leafy and full of vitamins and takes up to three months to grow mainly in temperate and tropical climates and is closely related to cauliflower and broccoli. Cabbage can be grown in your own backyard garden.
It may not be a first choice for many but if you want to consume a healthy diet, stay healthy, keep in shape, maintain a good weight, then cabbage is the right choice for you. Pregnant women especially would also love this vegetable because it is a rich source of folic acid, which protects the baby from deformities and it is also known to protect or treat anemia.