7 surprising health benefits of cabbage
1. Prevent gastrointestinal diseases
Experts in India have found that the use of vegetable cabbage juice helps heal peptic ulcers. A study wasconducted on 40 people with peptic ulcer. They drank a cup of cabbage juice (equivalent to ¼ liter) for 3 weeks. The endoscopy results showed that gastric ulcers had gradually recovered.
2. Prevent diabetes and obesity
Substances found in cabbage work to reduce glucid assimilation and hypoglycemia, thus preventing type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, cabbage vegetables work to block glucose metabolism into lipid which is one of the causes of weight gain and obesity.
3. Prevent cancer
Studies have shown that all types of vegetables have anti-cancer effects. Research shows that eating vegetables especially cabbages three to four times a week reduces the risk of stomach cancer, bowel cancer, bladder cancer and prostate cancer.
The latest American research shows that women who consume boiled cabbages 2 to 3 times each week will reduce their risk of breast cancer by 20% compared to those who eat several times / month. The reason why is that cabbage contains indol which can prevent breast cancer. In Poland, on average, every woman consumes about 12kg of cabbages per year, whereas American women only consume 4.5kg of cabbages per year, which is one of the reasons why the percentage of American women suffering from breast cancer is higher than Polish women.
4. Help in weight loss
Cabbage is a great choice for people who want to lose weight. A cooked cabbage dish contains only 33 calories. That is the reason why you can eat a lot of cabbages to avoid feeling hungry. Eating cabbages can help you lose weight.
5. Strengthen the immune system
Cabbage is rich in vitamin C. In addition, cabbage can also provide a certain number of antioxidants such as vitamin E and pro-vitamin A (β-carotene) which play an important role to strengthen the immune system. These antioxidants can protect the body from the damage of free radicals.
6. Reduce itching
If someone suffers from skin diseases, you can safely add cabbage to your diet every day because cabbage contains a large amount of sulfur and is primarily used to kill bacteria and reduce itching. Therefore, if from early childhood, eating a lot of cabbage will help people get beautiful skin later.
7. Improve mood
Cabbage contains tryptophan - a component of protein. Chemical composition can soothe the nerves and promote the production of serotonin which is known as a ‘happy hormone’. In addition, cabbage also contains selen which can improve the feelings of human.
By: Ashley Brown