Monday, 29 July 2013

Cabbage 'An Excellent Food to Prevent Cancer'

 Cabbage is a healthy and inexpensive vegetable choice. It also tastes great and can be used in many different ways. You can enjoy the spicy taste and crunchy texture of raw cabbage or the sweetness of cooked cabbage. If cooked, it is best to do so just slightly. Prolonged cooking destroys most of the nutrients. When eaten raw, it delivers plenty of nutrients into the body. It can be used in raw form in various salad mixes.

Vitamins in the vegetable are C, E, A, B1, B2, B6, K and folic acid. Mineral content includes calcium, sulfur, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It also contains trace amounts of iron, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc. It has several beneficial effects when integrated in the diet.

Cabbage is widely regarded as an excellent food to help prevent cancer. It has been established that fresh cabbage juice has beneficial effects in the treatment of various cancers. When taken daily, it helps to treat colon, stomach, lung, breast and ovarian cancers.  Cabbage has a compound called sulforaphane that protects cells from carcinogenic attacks. It has also been proven to be an effective treatment for ulcers within the digestive tract.

Due to the presence of high water contents, it is very low in fat, calories and rich source of dietary fiber, so it is the best food for weight loss and health conscious people. It also stimulates the digestive system and prevent constipation.

Cabbage is rich in various phytonutrients, which helps support the immune system. They reduce the harmful activities of free radicals and toxins.

The presence of potassium helps to control heart beat rate and blood pressure and iron is necessary for the formation of red blood cells. It also contains manganese, which is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.

Cabbage is widely recognized as a rich source of antioxidants. It is  rich in vitamin C, which has anti-oxidation properties. Antioxidants enhance the body’s capacity to fight infections and diseases and capture free radicals that can be harmful to healthy cells.                                                              

Cabbage has many other health benefits like to treat acne, eczema or psoriasis, mastitis, reduce the risk of gestational diabetes, helps in detoxification of the body, treatment of fungus infection and gastritis, rheumatism, gout, renal calculi, useful in headache, asthma, bronchitis and prevention of anemia.
Tips for cooking
  • Remove outer leaves and rinse cabbage well.
  • To keep cabbage fresh, don’t cut it until just before you use it. 
  • To shred cabbage, cut the head into four quarters and cut out the hard stalk in the middle. Cut each quarter into fine shreds.
  • You can  shred, pickle, bake, steam, stir-fry or boil cabbage 
So start eating cabbage to get all these amazing above said health benefits

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